Is the AMA losing its influence, asks its own vice president

The lobby group has experienced 'some diminution' of power in recent years, and needs to target more politicians, say Dr Chris Zappala

Is the AMA losing its influence?

Dr Chris Zappala.

This is the blunt question put forward this week by its own vice-president, Dr Chris Zappala.

In an article published on the AMA’s website, the thoracic physician and sleep doctor says its power has “suffered some diminution and dilution in recent years”.

He stresses the “brand and voice” of the AMA still carry weight with governments, but adds that