Govt seeks more time in PSR case

FOUR doctors who won a Federal Court case against the PSR have been forced to put celebrations on hold as government lawyers seek special leave to appeal the decision.

The GPs had successfully challenged a PSR committee’s findings against them last month, on the grounds that three PSR deputy directors had been appointed without AMA approval – rendering the rulings of committees chaired by those directors invalid.

The government’s application to extend the period in which to lodge a High Court appeal was filed on Thursday last week – the same day the original appeal period was set to expire. 

A health department spokesperson said the government required more time to consider legal advice regarding whether to appeal. 

Solicitor Andrew Davey, of Unsworth Legal, who acted for two of the doctors involved in the case, said although the Federal Court decision was directly applicable only to the five committee