AHPRA backflip on “black mark” register
DOCTORS have had a win after hard campaigning, with the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) walking back its policy of publishing tribunal and court decisions on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website even when there were no adverse findings against the doctors concerned.
According to Australian Doctor, the MBA “says it has already erased links to court and tribunal decisions where no adverse findings were made against the doctor”, quoting board chair Dr Joanna Flynn as saying that the rethink strikes a “good balance” between transparency and fairness.
Adverse findings against doctors will remain on the AHPRA website, however.
Dr Steel Scott, the Melbourne radiologist who launched the online petition last month, told AusDoc that it was “a fantastic result for the medical community”.
“We have proven that as a community, we can take actions which protect our colleagues and the integrity of our profession,” he is quoted as saying.
“I feel the medical board has really violated the trust of doctors, and more than 16 000 people [who signed the petition] agreed. In effect it’s a vote of no confidence in their policy-making. The medical board now has a lot of work to do to rebuild that trust.”