‘Faxed and refaxed’: AMA claims poor interaction between GPs and hospitals in Victoria jeopardises patient care

The Australian Medical Association has claimed that “chronically poor” communication between general practitioners and hospitals is putting patient safety at risk, and called for the Victorian Government to fix the problem in the state’s health system.

In its submission before the state budget to be delivered on Tuesday, the AMA said it is “scarcely believable” that many of Victoria’s public hospitals continue to use fax machines, contributing to concerns over quality of care.

“This chronically poor interaction results in significant problems in many areas including safety, equity and access, gaps and duplication. With respect to referrals, it is scarcely believable

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