Should doctors be routinely drug tested?

Thursday's revelation that three surgeons continue to work at Melbourne hospitals despite admitting using cocaine three months ago has sparked concerns that patient care is being compromised by doctors' recreational drug use.

Though there was no evidence to suggest that any of the surgeons had ever been drug-affected while on the job, the news has called into question whether doctors caught using illicit drugs should be able to remain in the profession and if random drug testing should be introduced.

AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton