Mandatory reporting overhaul may disappoint

Health minister likens process to 'dealing with a complex patient'

Fresh doubts have emerged over an immediate fix to mandatory reporting laws, with NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard tempering expectations that the model favoured by doctors will be enacted nationally.


Expectations were raised this year that changes would finally be made to ensure impaired doctors are able to seek care without fear.

Federal, state and territory health ministers were widely expected to make an announcement on reforms at this month’s COAG meeting. Instead, there was a promise to consider it "as a matter of urgency" after the state election in Queensland.

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