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Tuesday, 29 August 1989
Page: 451

To the President and members of the Senate assembled:

We, the undersigned medical students and medical practitioners of Australia, oppose changes to general medical practice contained in the Community Services and Health Legislation Amendment Bill 1989. We believe:

All Australians should have equal access to our health care system and that there should not be two tiers of medical insurance rebates for general practice and we reject the concept of a vocational register for general practitioners.

Undergraduate training in general practice should be upgraded and that ongoing medical education should continue to be controlled independently by the profession.

The mechanism for establishing the vocational register proposed in the legislation violates the ethics of the medical profession as embodied in the Declaration of Geneva, and is totally unacceptable. (See Medical Ethics on the reverse side.)

We pray that the proposed changes to general medical practice contained in the Community Services and Health Legislation Amendment Bill 1989 should be rejected outright by the Senate and that it should be replaced with a broadly based consultative process to address the problems within general medical practice and general practice training.

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