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St Vincent's doctors say Notre Dame link will require consultation


Doctors at Sydney's St Vincent's hospital have warned that the proposed establishment of St Vincent's as a teaching facility of Notre Dame medical school ill require the agreement of staff specialists, visiting medical officers and the State Government before it can proceed.

Yesterday's Online Catholics referred to an internal memo circulated amongst staff at the hospital following the recent announcement by the Prime Minister that the medical school would 'appropriately operate with St Vincent's Hospital'. The announcement has taken medical staff by surprise.

The proposed medical school will be located on the property presently occupied by the Darlinghurst parish opposite St Vincent's Hospital. The school, which needs formal Australian Medical Council assessment and accreditation before it can commence, will have an initial intake of 80 students.

The establishment of St Vincent's as a teaching facility of Notre Dame will require the agreement of staff specialists, visiting medical officers and the State Government before it could proceed. St Vincent's is already a teaching hospital with a primary commitment to the medical students of the University of NSW.

According Online Catholics sources, St Vincent's medical staff are "angry" at the lack of consultation on a matter that requires their cooperation. It points out that the 'teaching' component of a teaching hospital is to some degree a matter of the 'grace and favour' of staff specialists and visiting medical officers.

SOURCE
Doctors want Second Opinion on Notre Dame (Online Catholics 19/8/04)

LINKS
Prime Minister announces Sydney Campus of Notre Dame (Transcript of Speech 1/8/04)
Cardinal Pell visits Notre Dame (University of Notre Dame Australia 6/8/04)
Notre Dame welcomes support for Sydney Campus (CathNews 2/8/04)
Turf wars sours these holy gates (Sydney Morning Herald 1/8/04)
Creating new medical schools in new universities won't cure doctor shortages (Online Opinion 17/8/04)


19 Aug 2004