Orthopaedic surgeons weigh into fight for retired doctors’ rights

ORTHOPAEDIC surgeons have joined the ranks of doctors calling for limited referral and prescribing rights in retirement, in the face of new laws that state retirees must relinquish such rights unless they remain fully registered.

The Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) and the Australian Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons (ASOS) have voiced support for a proposal put forward earlier this year by the Australian Doctors’ Fund (ADF) that would create a ‘senior active’ registration category.

ADF CEO Stephen Milgate said the proposed new category would allow doctors to gradually reduce their clinical roles while retaining limited rights of prescription and referral.

ASOS president Dr Gary Speck said senior medical practitioners were “a vital asset” and there was a need for urgent changes to the new laws to allow them to keep contributing.

“Many experienced doctors already