Six doctors and surgeons have been sacked in Australia for erectility dysfunction after the Royal Australian College of Surgeons found their conditions were not recognised as medical conditions.
The College’s report found patients were treated for the condition in Australia, but not the medical profession.
“I’m extremely disappointed and appalled that the Royal College of Australia has decided to remove doctors from the medical practice of medicine in Australia,” Professor Michael Daley from the University of New South Wales told ABC Radio Canberra.
“The Royal College has a history of making this decision, and the last time I checked, there are doctors in the United States that are sacked because they have erectile disorders.”
The report found that six doctors were fired in Australia in the past 10 years.
“If you want to see the full impact of the Royal Australasian College of General Practitioners (RACPPGP) decision to remove the practice of doctors from medical practice, you need to look at the outcomes of the patients in the study,” Professor Daley said.
“You need to see how often the patients were seen, what were the treatments, and what were their outcomes.”
Professor Daly said the College would not tolerate the actions of any person who did not agree with the decision to dismiss.
He said the move was an attack on patients and their rights.
“There’s no doubt that there are many Australians who are suffering from erectile problems, and it’s important that we respect the wishes of these people, and that’s why we need to do everything we can to make sure that those wishes are protected,” Professor Peter Wodak, from the RACPPGM, told ABC News.
“And if we don’t, we risk undermining the integrity of our profession, the legitimacy of our institutions, and ultimately our very lives.”
A spokesperson for the College told ABC Rural they were still evaluating the findings and would have more to say in the future.
The Royal College’s decision was made after a year-long investigation by the College’s medical ethics committee.
The committee found there was no evidence of medical necessity for the treatment of erectile dysfunctions.
The study also found that the College did not have the authority to dismiss the doctors from their roles, because they were not doctors.