A new threat to the freedom of conscience, speech and action of doctors is the Australian Health Practitioners’ Regulatory Authority’s (AHPRA’s) proposed revision of their code of conduct called: Good Medical Practice: A code of conduct for doctors in Australia. AHPRA is the statutory body that controls registration of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. It has the power to deregister health professionals if it sees fit. Changes to the wording of the code mean that doctors could be deregistered for expressing personal opinions.
The proposed revision says: “The boundary between a doctor’s personal and public profile can be blurred. As a doctor, you need to acknowledge and consider the effect of your comments and actions outside work, including online. If making public comment, you should acknowledge the profession’s generally accepted views and indicate when your personal opinion differs.
Behaviour which could undermine community trust in the profession is at odds with good medical practice and may be considered unprofessional”.
This proposed draconian change to the code seeks to silence any dissent to the view expressed by AHPRA. It threatens the livelihoods of doctors who do not subscribe, for example, to the view that gender dysphoric children should be quickly pushed down the path of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones or who have a conscientious objection to abortion, to name but two.
Toowoomba GP Dr David van Gend is currently being investigated by APHRA for simply retweeting comments.
- that the wording of the final code will not result in the limitation of free speech.
- that the committee considering the new code will not be influenced subjectively by pressure groups.
- that the voice of all in the medical profession will be heard and considered before final decisions are made. The loudest voices or vested interests do not always represent the majority view.
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