Australian Medical Association past president Dr Bill Boyd.
Australian Medical Association past president Dr Bill Boyd.

AMAQ’s ultimatum: Resign or face expulsion

THE Queensland branch of the Australian Medical Association has called on its past president Dr Bill Boyd to resign from the governing council or face expulsion.

The demand is set out in a letter to Dr Boyd from the chairman of the AMA's Queensland board, Dr Shaun Rudd.

The letter, which gives no reason for the ultimatum, says: "The Board of AMA Queensland has resolved to request you to step down from your membership of the AMA Queensland Council. Should you decide to comply with this request, then please forward your letter of resignation immediately upon receipt of this letter.

"Should you decide not to do so, then the Board of AMA Queensland will consider the options available to it under Rule 2.4 of the Terms of Reference of the AMA Queensland Council.''

Chairman of the AMA’s Queensland board Dr Shaun Rudd. Picture: Annette Dew
Chairman of the AMA’s Queensland board Dr Shaun Rudd. Picture: Annette Dew

Dr Rudd declined to give reasons for the letter.

"I can make no further comment,'' he said. "And I am disappointed you have got hold of (the letter). That's awful."

Dr Boyd, a Mackay gynaecologist, is overseas and could not be contacted.

However, before flying to Scotland he told friends he would not resign.

The seemingly heavy-handed action has split the state's medical fraternity.

Dr Rudd, a Hervey Bay GP, added: "It's an internal matter. You will get nothing from me."

Several AMA members told The Courier-Mail the letter was an affront to an outstanding doctor with an unblemished record who had served the association with merit.

Former AMA Queensland president Dr Ross Cartmill.
Former AMA Queensland president Dr Ross Cartmill.

A former AMA president who did go on the record condemned the move to sanction Dr Boyd.

"To say that to a past president is just plain crazy," said Dr Ross Cartmill. "We have no idea why".

Dr Cartmill, a urologist, had until his retirement represented the VMOs - the ­visiting medical officers.

Dr Cartmill said it appeared to him the AMA had gone "off the rails".

Other doctors who contacted The Courier-Mail to voice support for Dr Boyd wanted to remain anonymous.