NSW looks at allowing junior doctors to quit HSU

As revealed in MO in September, AMA (NSW) wants changes to state laws preventing it from being an alternative union for the 1600 interns, residents, registrars and junior medical officers currently represented by HSU’s scandal-plagued NSW-Victorian branch, HSUeast.

AMA (NSW) has argued HSUeast’s membership is too diverse to give the necessary attention to doctors’ industrial issues, and mounting corruption allegations have made junior doctors wary.

Last week the NSW minister responsible for industrial relations, Greg Pearce, confirmed he was examining AMA (NSW)’s request, with a spokesperson saying the government “sympathise[s] with the junior doctors and this is under consideration”.

Dr Kathryn Austin, chair of AMA (NSW)’s Doctors-In-Training Committee, said she was “optimistic” the government would change the “fairly archaic legislation”.

Reports suggested HSU