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Australian doctors threaten industrial action over proposed indemnity levy

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 09 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:832
  1. Christopher Zinn
  1. Sydney

    Doctors have warned of a “tidal wave” of resignations from Australia's public hospitals in the latest fallout from the federal government's attempts to fix the medical indemnity crisis.

    The Australian Medical Association has rejected an 18 month moratorium on a controversial indemnity levy that doctors would have had to pay to raise sufficient funds to cover future non-funded negligence claims.

    The Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation, which represents 2400 specialists in public hospitals in New South Wales and Queensland, was meeting to discuss possible industrial action over the issue.

    The Australian Medical Association's president, Bill Glasson, described the deal to suspend the levy as an “olive branch with spikes on …

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