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Doctors Reform Society in Australia defends its reputation

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 22 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1609
  1. Con Costa
  1. National president Doctors Reform Society, Box 14, 4 Goulburn Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia

    EDITOR,—Events since the publication of Simon Chapman's Focus article from Sydney have shown the shallow analysis of his report.1 His attempt to tarnish the Doctors Reform Society by saying that it is obedient to a political party requires a response.

    The society has always been concerned with a better health system and is jealous of its independent reputation and professionalism. In 23 years of medical politics it has stood firm against moves by both the main political parties to whittle away the universality and accessibility of Medicare. All political views are represented among current members of its executive, who are united in their commitment to the best ideals of medicine. The society has a fine reputation in Australia, and I hope that readers will not have been misled.


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