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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
The AMA (WA) has welcomed the Medical Board of Australia’s investigation into Dr Philip Nitschke, after claims that he poses a risk to public safety.
AMA (WA) President Dr Michael Gannon said that “If there is any possible threat to patients, then there is plenty of precedent for the Medical Board to suspend people pending an inquiry, and in this case we support that action.
“The actions of Dr Nitschke have caused considerable concern and anguish amongst WA medical practitioners who have called for the AMA (WA) to make representation to the Medical Board of Australia requesting a full investigation into the actions of Dr Nitschke in this matter,” Dr Gannon said.
Dr Gannon reiterated that Nitschke is innocent until proven guilty, however if there is any possibility that he is a risk to patients then the AMA (WA) would support his suspension as a doctor.
“There is clear consensus amongst those doctors who have contacted the Association that Dr Nitschke failed to provide the appropriate medical advice.
“Based on publicly available information in respect to Mr Brayley’s decision to end his life, the view of these AMA members is that Dr Nitschke had a duty of care to Mr Brayley to immediately direct him to a medical practitioner with suitable mental health expertise,” Dr Gannon said.