Fresh fears over e-health policing plan

A redraft of a contract giving bureaucrats powers to enter GP practices and access records has failed to allay the concerns of doctors' groups.

The initial version of contract -- drawn up by the Federal Health Department as a requirement for any GP practice wanting to participate in the national electronic health record system -- was sent back to the drawing board last month after outcry from doctors.

At the time, the AMA, RACGP, medical indemnity groups and the nation's most senior clinical advisor on e-health, Dr Mukesh Haikerwal,