Slower doctor checks slammed



A DECISION to ease checks on overseas doctors in Queensland could lead to another Dr Death scandal, the state opposition says.

The Medical Board of Queensland (MBQ) will allow overseas-trained graduates to work in the state for up to six weeks before their medical degrees are verified, to help ease the state's doctor shortage.

The temporary measure, which expires in April, is aimed at helping Queensland Health "manage a spike in seasonal shortages of doctors'', the MBQ said.

Opposition leader Lawrence Springborg yesterday slammed the MBQ's move as dangerous.

"This gives us a loophole for another Dr Patel scandal,'' Mr Springborg said.

"Queenslanders expect to have the best qualified doctors.''

Mr Beattie suggested checks on doctors had been made too tight after the Dr Death scandal.



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