Outcry over clause banning after-hours deputisers from prescribing


After-hours deputisers will be barred from writing new scripts without the permission of a patient’s regular GP under a clause buried deep in the Federal Government’s new rules for the sector.

Doctors are now agitating for an urgent rewrite, saying patients will be put at risk.

The clause is found in the final paragraph of the 23-page revised terms and conditions for the Approved Medical Deputising Service (AMDS) Program, which were released on Monday and are scheduled to come into force on 1 March.