Medical board states its case on retired doctors

THE issue of retiring doctors’ ‘right’ to prescribe has hit a nerve in the medical profession. It goes to the heart of a conflict between what many practitioners regard as a hard-earned right and the Medical Board of Australia’s (MBA) statutory responsibility to protect the public. 

It is important to remember that, except in unusual circumstances, medical practitioners have the right to choose when to retire and whether they wish to remain registered. However, it is the MBA’s role to ensure all doctors registered to practise have the current skills, experience and qualifications to provide safe care. 

The MBA does not set any minimum level of practice, but requires doctors who choose to renew their general or specialist registration to have professional indemnity insurance to cover all aspects of their practice and to meet the MBA’s Continuing Professional Development and Recency of Practice registration standards,