Overseas trained doctors in Australia call for inquiry into registration system

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 18 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:c6686
  1. Ray Moynihan
  1. 1Byron Bay, Australia

The Australian Doctors Trained Overseas Association is calling for a Senate inquiry into the system of registration and accreditation of doctors who trained outside Australia.

The call comes amid public concern that new assessment procedures may be causing unfair deregistrations of some doctors working in areas of high need, an issue raised last month in the Australian parliament.

The new procedures were introduced in the wake of the long running case of Jayant Patel, the foreign trained surgeon recently jailed in Australia after being found guilty of manslaughter (BMJ 2010;341:c3646, doi:10.1136/bmj.c3646).

Under the changes, introduced in 2008, …

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