Scrap the Cap campaign bolstered by other professions

Some 19 groups, representing engineers, veterinarians, accountants, architects, pharmacists, lawyers and others, have joined doctors campaigning to Scrap the Cap. They were due to meet in Canberra today. 

The measure, to be implemented from 1 July next year, effectively imposed a tax on learning, they said. 

“Professionals, including doctors, nurses, midwives, dentists, pharmacists, accountants and lawyers, are required to undertake continuing professional development so the public is provided with quality services.

“The cap will escalate the cost of education to individuals, including the self-employed, to meet these professional obligations. If unable to be met by the individual, it will create an unaffordable impost on small business,” the groups said in a communiqué released today. 

An AMA survey of 4200 members shows that, on average, doctors spend $12,400 a year on self-education to comply with