Posted by: Witch Doctor | November 18, 2009

An antipodean missile!


“Gammon’s Law” In a bureaucratic system, increases in expenditure will be matched by fall in production. Such systems will act like black holes in the economic universe, simultaneously sucking in resources and shrinking in terms of emitted production”

Dr Max Gammon, British physician, 1960

The Ferret has posted that the medical profession down under has some backbone. Dr Grumble draws attention to it also in his daily readings.

Here is some evidence of the Antipodean medical backbone.


“1. Australian Medical standards must be maintained

2. Eroding confidence in the medical profession is not in the national interest

3. Medicine is a discipline where roles must be clearly defined and delineated

4. Workforce planning is not a science, it is at best speculation and guesswork

5. De-medicalisation (task substitution) has agendas other than productivity improvements

6. Productivity will improve if government gets out of the way of doctors and lets them get on with the job

7. Changes to Public patient financing will enhance productivity

8. Growing burden of compliance driven by government

9. The urban/rural imbalance will always be with us

10. Medical Education must be science based”

Much is notable about this document. For example there is no wishy washy polite committee speak as is the custom in the UK. This document is straight to the point. Australian doctors are learning how to say no.

The UK medical profession should join them with a second missile.

Eh, My Black Cat?

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  1. All credit to the ferret who has introduced me to Australian Doctor which has some interesting material. Unfortunately the website is hard to penetrate.

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