Australian Medical Association urges for health reforms

13:34, July 21, 2010      

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Australian doctors have been losing patience with the lack of progress in health reform and said on Wednesday that the issue should be a top priority for the election campaign.

The major parties needed to make their case for a fresh mandate on health reform, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) on Wednesday said.

"The AMA was and is determined to give the federal government's commitment to reform every chance of success," association president Andrew Pesce told the National Press Club in Canberra, adding "but our patience is wearing thin."

The AMA was hearing from its members that some state health departments were resisting a move to appoint local doctors, nurses and other clinicians to new hospital boards.

The AMA has been urging state governments to grasp the opportunity of working with clinicians to build better hospitals.

Source: Xinhua

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