Medical Board looks at minimum hours

Doctors may soon be required to work a minimum number of hours every year to be deemed competent, under a push by the Medical Board of Australia.

The board wants to change registration standards so that doctors renewing their registration must be able to prove they have worked the equivalent of four 38-hour weeks a year.

The current standard on so-called 'recency of practice' is silent on the minimum number of hours a doctor must work every year to be deemed competent.

The board has said it wants to introduce minimums in part because it makes doctors' obligations