An attack on The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists on the front page of The Weekend Australian newspaper on 24 March over training numbers has been refuted by two presidents of the college.
• The article claimed RANZCO limited the number of new ophthalmologists, causing excessive waiting times for elective surgery and high ‘gap’ fees, as well as claiming certain services, including cataract surgery, are being performed too often in some areas and not enough in others..
• t quoted the findings of a part-completed report from the National Medical Training Advisory Network which said the number of new RANZCO fellows declined 13.8 per cent between 2011 and 2015.
• Also, that 89.5 per cent work in the private sector and 83.6 per cent work in major cities.
The current president of RANZCO, Associate Professor Mark Daniell said the college is keen to train as many new ophthalmologists as required to meet the current and future needs of the Australian and New Zealand population and that the number of new ophthalmologists has risen from 28 in 2010-11 to 42 in 2015-16. Last year there were 1,013 RANCO fellows.
Current president’s response
Professor Daniell said RANZCO is keen to train as many new ophthalmologists as required to meet the current and future needs of
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