‘Politics controlling medicine'
HE was muzzled, then marginalised and now Kim Bulwinkel admits he achieved next to nothing for the medical profession in his years working as the Australian Medical Association of Queensland representative for Capricornia.
Dr Bulwinkel has decided not to continue in the role with the AMAQ and will finish on Friday, June 17.
However, no-one else has shown interest and the position has been declared vacant.
Dr Bulwinkel provided a sombre assessment of his achievements last week.
“It is an honorary position ... it has very little power or influence, it is thankless,” Dr Bulwinkel said.
“Needless to say, I have enjoyed the challenge over the years.
“To be fair and sensible, I have had virtually no success in achieving anything productive and useful for the profession in Central Queensland other than being an advocate and ‘face’ for the profession in the region.
“All the battles joined have been lost.”
He said it had become an extremely difficult role to fulfil.
“There being many pressures and difficulties that the representative is exposed to from within the profession, from without and also from within the organisation,” Dr Bulwinkel said.
“Many of these difficulties have come about because of corporate changes that have been forced upon the organisation because of corporate governance rules and because of the bigger picture issues, especially political control issues, that are now controlling the profession of medicine.”