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Emergency Doctors Need Consideration from Police

Published: Mon 13 Aug 2001 04:19 PM
Monday, August 13 2001
Ken Shirley
Press Releases -- Governance & Constitution
ACT Health and Police Spokesman Ken Shirley says doctors responding to emergency call-outs should not automatically receive speeding fines.
"It is unacceptable for the police to pursue prosecutions of doctors responding to emergency calls and surely GPs attending emergencies should enjoy the same legal status as ambulances and police.
"I have a growing concern with the inflexible and authoritarian culture that is flourishing within traffic policing -particularly when this comes on top of the three contacts an hour policy and the reduction on excess speed tolerances on speed cameras.
"This approach is lowering police morale and eroding public empathy for the police," Ken Shirley said.
For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.

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