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Mandatory reporting of professional incompetence

James A Dunbar and Prasuna Reddy
Med J Aust 2009; 190 (2): 103-104.
Published online: 19 January 2009

To the Editor: Arnold is correct to question whether the New South Wales reportable misconduct legislation will be effective,1 because it relies on doctors making a judgement about whether a colleague has flagrantly departed from accepted standards of professional practice. Doctors have a high threshold for referring to medical boards, in part because they perceive the system to be adversarial rather than recognising that individual and system factors can combine to create poor professional performance. Also, medical boards have no direct ability to modify the workplace circumstances to make them more supportive of a poorly performing doctor.

  • James A Dunbar
  • Prasuna Reddy

  • Greater Green Triangle University Department of Rural Health, Flinders and Deakin Universities, Warrnambool, VIC.


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