AMA (WA) applauds Coalition call to Scrap the Cap

AMA (WA) applauds Coalition call to Scrap the Cap

Thursday 25 July 2013


AMA (WA) President, Dr Richard Choong has congratulated the Federal Opposition for strongly opposing the proposed cap on self-education tax deductions.


The Shadow Minister for Education, Apprenticeships and Training Christopher Pyne made the call during a meeting with a Scrap the Cap Alliance delegation, which included Federal AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton.


Dr Choong said the AMA (WA) strongly welcomed the Coalition call, which will dumb down education and reduce the quality of healthcare in Australia.


“We have been asking for the Government to get rid of this ill-advised proposal for months, as it is a step backwards in medical education in Australia,” Dr Choong said.


“However our pleas have fallen on deaf ears up until now, and we applaud Shadow Minister Pyne for his leadership in recognising the harm this cap will cause to both education and healthcare.


“I now call on the Opposition to not only oppose the tax but to provide the Australian public with a strong and unbreakable promise to reverse it if it wins Government later this year.


“The proposed cap on self-education will be a huge disincentive for doctors, particularly doctors in training and rural doctors, who will have to pay huge out-of-pocket costs just to improve their skills and provide better medical care.


“The cap is a tax on learning and training, but most importantly it is a tariff on achieving excellence in healthcare,” Dr Choong said.


The AMA is a founding member of the Scrap the Cap Alliance, which now has more than 60 member organisations covering more than 1.6 million professionals, including universities, nurses, engineers, accountants, lawyers, veterinarians, allied health professionals, and small business operators.


For more information on the Scrap the Cap Alliance and campaign, please click here.

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