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Government's u-turn on dob in doctor plan

Paul Hutchison National Associate Health Spokesperson

31 May 2002

Government's u-turn on dob in doctor plan

The Health Minister's support of a plan for doctors to dob in incompetent colleagues showed her lack of insight and muddled thinking right from the beginning, says National's Associate Health spokesperson, Paul Hutchison.

The Government has dropped the controversial mandatory reporting plan following strong opposition from health professionals.

"A major theme of the Bill should be to encourage peer review and continuous quality improvement in a spirit of openness and trust," says Dr Hutchison.

"The dob in a doctor scheme would only foster mistrust. Can you imagine such a scheme being applied to the whole workforce? It would be like the Secret Police.

"Today's u-turn on the plan proves Annette King's muddled and illogical thinking from the start," says Dr Hutchison.


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