Some doctors need arm-twisting from their peers

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 24 August, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 24 August, 2002, 12:00am

The Medical Council has proposed making continuing medical education (CME) mandatory for doctors by linking it with the eligibility to renew the annual practising certificate.


Many GPs keep voicing strong objections against the proposal.


A large number of GPs are already participating in CME programmes and they have nothing to fear from the proposed legislation. For those who are not, they need some arm-twisting and not protection from their peers.


Regardless of how strong the arguments are for not mandating CME, the argument for mandating it is loud and clear: The legislation will do no harm and probably some good for patients, even though it may dent the demigod image of doctors. The Medical Council's mandate is to uphold doctors' professional standards and not to let doctors save face.


To keep on arguing and giving all sorts of reasons for objecting to the legislation leads to the public perception that GPs are being stubborn, and that they are more concerned with their own welfare than their patients. And perception is reality.


Dr FENG CHI-SHUN


Causeway Bay


 

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