Doctors on bonded schemes in 'legal limbo' after govt contract bungle

The Department of Health says doctors could have breached conditions of previous agreements as a result of its blunder

Doctors in the reformed Bonded Medical Program have been told that health officials botched their paperwork and rural work completed for their contracts may be technically invalid.

Dr Hashim Abdeen.

It comes after laws were passed in 2019 designed to make the placements more flexible for participants who signed contracts agreeing to work rurally in return for subsidised medical school fees.