Medical Practitioner Dr. Bruce Dooley has shone a light on simmering concerns over international interference in New Zealand’s medical regulatory processes. In an explosive interview released on 24 September, Dr. Dooley sat down with FreeNZ’s Liz Gunn to discuss connections between the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) and a private, secretive organisation called the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), based in the United States.
The Medical Council of New Zealand is a member organisation of an international arm of the FSMB called the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA).
Dr. Dooley raises uneasy questions such as who is the Federation of State Medical Boards? Why do most medical professionals in New Zealand not know about them? Why is a private corporation able to influence medical councils? In his interview Dr. Dooley recommended New Zealand needed to “disentangle our health care regulatory bodies totally from these powerful and malign influences. The Medical Council of New Zealand must disengage from the international bodies and the government must allow an open debate on issues of public health”
A spokesperson for New Zealand Doctors Speaking out with Science (NZDSOS) said ” Dr. Dooley’s story belongs to every New Zealander, and particularly every New Zealand doctor and licensed health care practitioner. Big money must not be allowed to beat integrity and experience”.