Bill may ban GPs calling themselves surgeons

LEGISLATION is being prepared in NSW to ban GPs and other non-surgical specialists from claiming the title surgeon, amid concerns over complications arising from procedures at skin and cosmetic clinics.

NSW opposition health spokesman Walt Secord says he will introduce the bill to close a legal loophole that allows any doctor to call themselves a surgeon. 

“While patients recognise that all surgery carries risks, medical mistakes last a lifetime,” Mr Secord said.

He cited the case of a 21-year-old Sydney