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Friday, 22 May 1970

Mr Scholes asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   Have any doctors been excluded from (a) the Pensioner Medical Scheme, (b) the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme or (c) the Repatriation Medical Service.

(2)   If so, who were the doctors excluded and what were the reasons for exclusion in each case.

(3)   Have any doctors so excludedhad their previous rights restored.

Dr Forbes - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   In respect ofthe Pensioner Medical Service and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, doctors have been excluded by the Minister for Health following inquiries held by the Medical Services Committees of Inquiry.

These committees are established in each State under Section 110 of the National Health Act. It is not my normal policy to make public the names of the doctors involved.

Other exclusions have taken place in accordance with Section 133 of the National Health Act subsequent to a doctor being charged before a court.

Exclusions from the Repatriation Local Medical Officer Service have taken place as a result of failure by participating doctors to comply with the conditions of their appointment.

Deregistration of a doctor by a State medical board would, of course, result in exclusion from participation in the Pensioner Medical Scheme, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and the Repatriation Local Medical Officer Service.

The numbers of doctors excluded from the three schemes are:


(3)   Yes. The numbers of doctors who have been reinstated are:


The information above, relating to the Repatriation Local Medical Officer Service, has been supplied by the Minister for Repatriation.

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