The Australian Medical Association has rejected proposals that It says would water down the accreditation standards for health-care practitioners, undermine patient safety, and involve more cost and bureaucracy.
The vice-president of the AMA, Dr Tony Bartone, yesterday said that the proposals, made in the draft report of the Review of Accreditation Systems within the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme, would allow more bureaucratic and political interference in health workforce training.
The draft report recommends establishing a new agency, the Health Education Accreditation Board, as a single, national, cross-profession accreditation framework for health workforce education and training, and establishing Accreditation Committees to develop standards for the Board to approve.
“Accreditation has a critical role in protecting the public by ensuring the highest standards of education and training are in place,” Dr Bartone said.
“Australia has a world-class health system that delivers very good outcomes for patients. The results achieved are, in large measure, the product of a highly-skilled health workforce that is responsive to community need, and committed to innovation and continuous improvement.
“Independent, profession-led health workforce accreditation arrangements, where the safety of the public is paramount, are one of the strengths of the Australian health system.
“Patients should be very worried about the review’s draft recommendations, which would water down our world-leading accreditation arrangements and are
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