Doctor banned for 'curing' gay patient
Wed, 05 Sep 2012 6:08p.m.
By Ingrid Hipkiss
A Sydney doctor has been struck off for prescribing a New Zealand man a drug for something that isn't an illness – his homosexuality.
The GP, who is a member of the Exclusive Brethren, claimed he was just trying to cure the patient who was also a member of the church at the time.
Craig Hoyle, 23, says he had sought help from the church leaders when he realised he was gay at the age of 16.
“I believed homosexuality was a sin, that the church could help me cure, so for the next few months they did everything they could to try and change me,” he says.
“There were prayers, and I was told I had demons, and none of it worked.”
But Mr Hoyle was told there was a medication he could take to "fix" him, and says he was told to visit Sydney GP Mark Craddock, who was also a member of the church.
“I told him that I was there because I was gay, and he prescribed the drug,” says Mr Hoyle. “There was no physical examination, no discussion of past medical history, and no discussion of side effects.”
The drug was Cyprostat. It is more commonly used to treat prostate cancer or to subdue sex offenders, and was of no medical benefit to Craig.
But it wasn't until he left the church in 2009 that he plucked up the courage to lay a complaint against the doctor.
Australia’s Health Care Complaints Commission has now found Craddock guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct, a result MR Hoyle says he is happy with.
“To know that he's not going to be able to do this to anyone else is a significant step,” he says. “I’ve known all along what he did was wrong, but to have that acknowledged by the medical board is important to me.”
Craddock is now banned from general practice.
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14/09/2012 8:16:55 p.m.
Just imagine a cult which teaches that lobes are sinful and pressures people into seeking treatment by means of a lobotomy, ultimately adding to the peer pressure experienced by unlobotomised friends and relatives. Somehow the choice of the unlobotomised who “want” to receive treatment for their disgusting and antisocial condition is to be respected while their choice to remain as they are is not.
13/09/2012 8:46:37 p.m.
The Old Jimmar wrote:
As usual, there is more to this story......Craig most certainly would have been directed or heavily influenced to attend the Exclusive Brethren doctor by the reality-challenged Exclusive Brethren hierarchy. The doctor likewise would have been "influenced" by the Exclusive Brethren hierarchy who are largely if not totally homophobic.
The news "grab" has not indicated the existence of other similar victims of this captive EB cult doctor. Nor has the unprofessional behaviour of other EB doctors been raised.
This story is the tip of the iceberg. May the titanic Exclusive Brethren ship, it's Captain and Officers, and all the inhuman scams and deceits it carries, be sunk by such an iceberg!!
Paradoxically, while the EB ship floats, lives are lost.
Good work, Craig, a very gutsy move.
6/09/2012 10:10:09 a.m.
More gay now wrote:
Wow, the cure hasn't worked! All cures do is make gays pretend they are straight - they don't change you into st8. Otherwise, we could change st8 men into gays if we had that cure!
6/09/2012 10:01:27 a.m.
from BUKSTER "The doctor's treatment was bizarre, however he did walk in and ask for it." ... well as the article reads, he sought help, seems to have been referred to this doctor. At 16 could he be expected to decide if the drug was appropriate? Anyway I think our system relies on the professional acting professionally.
6/09/2012 7:00:03 a.m.
The doctor should have known better, he obviously didn't know what he was talking about, acted unprofessionally and is now paying the penalty.
5/09/2012 10:40:46 p.m.
Perhaps if you hard-nosed defenders of this quack were indoctrinated in extreme cultish views on homosexuality then you too might have been receptive to suggestions of something to 'fix' the problem. Any respectable and professional doctor would offer proper advice.
5/09/2012 9:20:13 p.m.
Irrespective of whether he sought treatment voluntarily, every doctor should be aware that there is no treatment to 'cure' homosexuality. While the patient might have not realised this, a doctor ought to, and should have informed his patient before administering 'treatment'. It is not a disease. Nor is it a form of sexual deviancy or a sexual compulsion. Therefore, chemical castration is inappropriate, so much so that the NSW Medical Board has found it necessary to have him struck off.
5/09/2012 8:24:24 p.m.
What is wrong with prescribing treatment when a patient asks for it? So-called chemical castration (it is actually nothing of the sort) is conventional treatment for sexual deviancy and compulsions. The only bizarre thing about this situation is that the patient is now complaining that he received the treatment that he asked for.
5/09/2012 7:44:08 p.m.
He went to doctor because he was brought up thinking that he was commiting a sin. At a young age he wouldn't of known better. Now grown up he understands more.
5/09/2012 7:22:17 p.m.
Could you call into work gay? Maybe I should try that. "Hey boss sorry can't come into work I'm gay today."
Much love Craig catch up sometime soon
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