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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
“It may surprise many, especially it would seem senior politicians, but you are not a GP when you complete a medical degree. This takes at least 4 years and often many more of further training for which doctors need funding training places in hospitals or the community,” Dr Gannon said.
Speaking to the AMA National Conference in Brisbane on Saturday, Dr Gannon spoke strongly in support of an Urgency motion about the need for training places and student numbers.
The motion was moved by James Lawler, president of the Australian Medical Students’ Association and was seconded by Dr Gannon.
“We must have a debate about what the number of medical students we need in the future should be, not whether we need new medical schools,” Dr Gannon told the National Conference.
“It may be that we need to reduce medical student intakes. Such decisions need to be based on robust workforce data, not slick, private lobbying campaigns, Dr Gannon said.
He also called on delegates to send a strong message to the Federal Government.
“This was a back room deal done without the sanitising quality of a clear public debate,” he said.
“Our message to Government must be that this is not the way you do health policy.
“State and Federal Governments must guarantee access to training places for graduating doctors and make the funding available,” Dr Gannon said.
The motion was passed unanimously.