New retired GP proposal as AMA faces fire

THE AMA has come under fire for its decision not to openly lobby for doctors to retain limited rights in retirement, with a Medical Observer poll showing GPs feel the association is out of touch on the issue.

Almost 80% of 176 respondents to an online MO poll disagreed with the association’s stance on retained rights for retired GPs, after AMA vice-president Dr Steve Hambleton recently told MO the AMA had exhausted all its options in influencing the situation and would have to “live by the umpire’s decision”.

The poll comes as the Medical Board of Australia last week confirmed it would not alter its decision to discontinue limited prescribing or referral rights for doctors in retirement unless recency of practice, CPD and full registration were maintained.

Dr Hambleton’s comments even drew fire from former AMA president and stalwart Dr Bruce Shepherd, now retired, who said he did not understand what the association