Online survey gives voice to GP red tape woes

GPs have been given a chance to describe how the administrative burden of government paperwork is affecting their practice, with the AMA claiming family doctors are spending up to nine hours a week dealing with government red tape.

AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton said that the association had launched an online survey to find out exactly how administrative tasks impacted on GP practices and patients.

“Research shows that family doctors are required to spend up to nine hours a week on government red tape,” Dr Hambleton said. 

“The AMA is concerned about red tape in general practice and has developed a survey that is open to all GPs in Australia to tell us how much of a problem red tape is for them.”

The results of the survey will be used by the AMA to inform government policy aimed at reducing the bureaucratic burden on general practice. 

The survey is ­available at: