Colleague reports ‘ridiculous’

AUSTRALIAN GPs, still coming to terms with mandatory reporting, have been urged to seek advice before sounding the alarm on a colleague, after medico-legal experts flagged a rise in “ridiculous” reports.

Medical Indemnity Protection Society medico-legal adviser Dr Rob Walters said medical defence organisations (MDOs) were fielding inappropriate reports that would not have occurred before the introduction of the new requirements.

Mandatory reporting laws stipulate doctors must report colleagues who are impaired or engaging in professional misconduct to the relevant branch of the Medical Board of Australia. 

But many are confused as to what this means in practice. 

“We had a case recently where a doctor was [going to] mandatorily report on the basis of a job application someone had written,” Dr Walters said. “That’s just ridiculous.”

Avant Medical Advisory Council member Dr Craig

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