Sydney Doctor Reprimanded for Prescribing 'Chemical Castration' to Gay Teen in Order to 'Cure' Him
Sydney doctor Mark Craddock has been "found guilty of unsatisfactory processional conduct" and reprimanded as well as restricted to the field of radiology after prescribing a "chemical castration" to a teen in order to "cure" him of being gay, AFP reports:
In a letter of complaint to the commission, the patient wrote that he came out as gay at the age of 18 and was informed by a church leader, "There's medication you can go on for these things."
The patient then consulted Craddock.
The commission argued that during the consultation the doctor did not provide appropriate medical management of the patient's needs by failing to physically examine him or take a medical history.
He also failed to refer him to a counsellor or psychologist.
Craddock instead prescribed cyprostat, a drug used to treat prostate cancer and manage sexual deviation by reducing testosterone, in circumstances which were not clinically indicated, the commission alleged.
One wonders why licenses aren't completely revoked in these situations.