Cutting red tape burden still tops GP priority list

FORGET natural disasters, sweeping healthcare reform and getting the Medicare Locals right – the number one demand from GPs in 2011 remains reducing the burden of red tape on the profession.

In what is shaping up to be a watershed year for general practice, Medical Observer’s national GP survey revealed that 56% of 151 respondents believe the Government’s single biggest health priority should be cutting GP red tape.

Conducted by Cegedim Strategic Data, the poll revealed red tape ranked above the high-priority concerns of rebuilding flood-damaged health infrastructure (22%) and delivery of Medicare Locals (17%).

Dr Brian Morton, chair of the AMA’s Council for General Practice, said red tape was not only a burden for GPs, it was an insult.

“The red tape goes to a degree of mistrust of our professionalism,” he told MO. “They need to look at how we actually do things in general