WA News Letters Make credentialing simple!
Make credentialing simple!
Written by Dr Stuart C. Burton
Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Dear Editor,

I write in response to Dr Tony Robins’ response and in complete agreement with Dr Phil Green (Raw Deal for GPs, May). Tony completely misses the point. I am a regular locum provider and would certainly NOT wish to avoid the rigours of agencies scrutinising my qualifications.

What really sticks in one’s craw is the fact we, as locums, have to do this for every health agency in Australia. I am accredited as a GP Anaesthetist at Armadale Hospital. However, if I wish to work as a locum in Esperance I have to go through exactly the same accreditation process AGAIN for WACHS.

Why can’t AHPRA assess our capabilities and have all the necessary pieces of paper and references on file and then the relevant health agencies throughout Australia pay a fee to access that data if we wish to work under their jurisdiction. Sounds pretty simple to me! Oh, yes, but there it is. Simple and Government bureaucracy seem to be an oxymoron.

Dr Stuart C. Burton, GP, Kelmscott