A campaign to obliterate Australian medicine

WORKING with medical students, I have never heard one mention the desire to become a ‘health provider’.

Those young people joining our profession have every right to expect to join the ranks of Australia’s doctors if they meet the demanding standards required.

However, the evidence is clear that this is not the intention of some ideologically driven politicians and their advisers. 

The intention seems to be to obliterate the unique and special qualities of our profession.

The process of destroying the sacrosanct medical turf we are supposed to occupy involves a complete re-engineering of medical education, medical practice, medical language, and the right of patients to obtain a diagnosis from a qualified medical practitioner. 

In the words of historian Professor Simon Schama, “To break your enemy, you must first strip him of his cultural identity.”

The Declaration of Geneva