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Decision of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons to consider authorising training of surgeons in private hospitals



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φ MediaReleaseJ A M E S P O R T E R , Federal Shadow Minister for Health 21st January, 1985.The decision of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons to consider authorising training of surgeons in private hospitals ; highlights the deterioration in the public hospital system and is an indictment of Labor health policies.Until now, the training of surgeons has only been authorised in public hospitals.The fact that the College considers that private hospitals especially in N.S.W. and Victoria may be able to-provide a better standard of training than public hospitals, reveals the . .effect Labor has had on the public hospital system.The College's decision, together with the Increase in the number of people on queues awaiting elective surgery, emphasises the deep-seated crisis within the public hospital system which has been caused by Federal and State Labor Government health policies.Medicare is redirecting patients from private hospitals to public hospitals. The cost to the Government is rapidly increasing; Dr. Blewett.'s. response has been to squeeze public hospital budgets to the point of inefficiency, poor patient service and loss of staff morale. .Australians can afford a high quality hospital system, and with good management it can run at reasonable cost, but Labor is not delivering the goods and Australians are suffering.CONTACT i Mr. Porter (08) 213 2212