Questions over accreditation as RACGP holds line on standards

Currently general practices must prove to the college that they can provide around-the- clock care – either directly or through a deputising service – to meet the accreditation standard. The standard is mandatory to receive after hours care incentive payments.

But with MLs set to take over administration of after hours care in July 2013, the AMA has warned practices will lose their ability to assure the college about their arrangements.

As well as putting their after hours payments at risk, “there is the real potential for practices to lose their accreditation status and consequently all [incentive] payments”, head of the AMA’s general practice council Dr Brian Morton wrote in the AMA’s magazine, Australian Medicine.

He called for the RACGP to downgrade the after hours component from mandatory to “desirable” in the accreditation standards to ensure practices did not lose accreditation unfairly.