'Orwellian' clauses axed from new code of conduct for doctors

Medical board relaxes planned restrictions on how doctors air their personal views

Clauses in the Medical Board of Australia’s draft code of conduct — dubbed 'Orwellian' because they allegedly threaten doctors' freedom of speech — have been ditched from the final version.

John murtagh
Professor John Murtagh

Released for consultation two years ago, the draft said that doctors, when making public statements, should “acknowledge the profession’s generally accepted views and indicate when [their]