The Australian Medical Association has submitted a revised draft Code of Conduct to the Medical Board of Australia – Good Medical Practice: A Code of Conduct for Doctors in Australia (2018).
The president of the AMA, Dr Tony Bartone, said on 7 August the document is “very important” for the medical profession and for patients, and that all doctors must have the opportunity and ample time to consider any changes, even minor changes, to the Code.
“It is of the utmost importance and necessity that the board ensures all doctors are aware of these public consultations, and have sufficient time to respond, as they are the ones legally subject to the provisions of the board’s codes and guidelines,” Dr Bartone said.
“We note the board has now extended the public consultation until 17 August 2018.
“The format of the code – both the current code and the draft revised code – contains a combination of clear, explicit statements intermingled with vague, ambiguous ‘motherhood’ statements.
“The clear, explicit statements provide doctors with sufficient guidance to meet the expected standards of ethical and professional conduct, but the more ambiguous statements do not, making it extremely difficult and distressing for doctors who are then unsure how to fulfil their obligations under the code.
“It is vital that the board
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