Call to drop 'silly' proposal to let non-doctors chair medical board

Doctors’ groups are calling for a guarantee that a “silly” proposal to allow non-doctors to chair the Medical Board of Australia stays buried.

The rule change has been pushed by the COAG Health Council as part of its sweeping reforms to medical licensing laws.

Dr Aniello Iannuzzi from the Australian Doctors Fund (ADF) says allowing a layperson to run the Medical Board of Australia is like putting a dentist in charge of engineering.

“You don’t have the legal system headed by a non-lawyer, architects regulate architects