New chief medico aims for reform that benefits patients

NEW Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Baggoley has set himself a clear task when it comes to primary healthcare reform – make sure the benefits are felt by the patients themselves.

After being formally appointed as the federal government’s top medical adviser last week, the public health and emergency medicine veteran said too often changes to healthcare went unnoticed at the “coalface”.

Acknowledging there was disenfranchisement among GPs amid the change to Medicare Locals and GP super clinics, he said family doctors remained central to primary care reform and vowed to ensure they, and their patients, would see improvements.

“I understand that [negative] sentiment exists,” Professor Baggoley told MO in an interview.

“But I haven’t seen in my time here in the department any sense that GPs are forgotten. 

In fact, it’s quite the opposite – there’s