The 11 June issue of Australian Doctor carries a story (p5) that is truely gob-smacking.
Apparently the NHMRC has been trying to organise a meeting between the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Australian College of Midwives to develop an agreement on referral guidelines, in relation to midwives being able to access the Medicare Benefits Schedule from November, provided they work “collaboratively” with doctors.
The RANZCOG has reportedly refused to attend the meeting because community representatives who support homebirths have been invited.
If you were ever in doubt about the need for reform of maternity services, then look no further.
If you were ever in doubt about why reform in this area is so excruciatingly difficult, then look no further.
And if you were ever in doubt that professional interests rule in the health sector, then look no further.
This really is pathetic. Absurd and childish are other adjectives that come to mind….