A Sydney doctor who wrote an 18-year-old patient a prescription to “cure” his homosexuality has been banned from practising as a GP.
Mark Christopher James Craddock, 75, a member of the Exclusive Brethren Christian sect, wrote the patient a script for the chemical castration drug Cyprostat during a 10-minute consultation in his home in February 2008.
At the time the patient was also a member of the Exclusive Brethren church.
In a letter of complaint to the Health Care Complaints Commission, the patient stated, a church leader informed him, "there's medication you can go on", after he came out as gay.
"He recommended that I speak to Dr Craddock on the matter with a view to my being placed on medication to help me with my 'problem'," the New Zealand resident said.
Dr Craddock gave him a prescription for Cyprostat as well as five repeats. The drug, which lowers libido by reducing the amount of testosterone, is used to treat prostate cancer and severe male sexual disorders and sexual deviation.
In a hearing before the professional standards committee of the Medical Council of NSW in June, Dr Craddock admitted he did not obtain a medical history, take an adequate sexual history, carry out a physical examination or arrange a follow-up appointment.
Despite the drug manufacturer's recommendation, he failed to refer the patient to a counsellor or a psychologist, and did not order a liver test or discuss the side effects, which include impotence.
Last month the committee found him guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct.
Dr Craddock conceded it was potentially dangerous for a patient to have that much medication unsupervised.
He said, in hindsight, he should not have prescribed the drug.