‘Aggressive’ AHPRA costing GPs money

RACGP president Professor Claire Jackson told MO last week the national registration scheme had not only failed to deliver promised efficiencies, but had been accompanied by “aggressive investigation” of minor complaints, forcing GPs into costly defences.

“It has been our experience that under the national scheme there has been a much greater impost on doctors and their MDOs to defend their good name in cases that… never presented a threat to the safety of the public,” Professor Jackson said.

“[The national scheme] has been accompanied by a much more aggressive investigation of our members over very small complaints, which have caused them a lot of emotional distress and financial cost.”

MDA National president Julian Rait said the national scheme had also failed to meet expectations of a consistent approach to the handling of complaints against GPs“Quite perversely… some jurisdictions pursue