Celeb mind surgeon Charlie Teo has launched a rare assault on the medical institution, describing its governing our bodies as “the enemy” and accusing the Royal Australasian Faculty of Surgeons of attempting to “purge him” from the occupation.
In feedback that may spark controversy on the very prime of Australian drugs, Dr Teo stated he’ll stop if issues raised by different surgeons and regulators about his charges and strategies proceed.
The neurosurgeon has been embroiled in a spat with surgical colleagues, the Faculty of Surgeons and the Australian Medical Affiliation over allegations of “a disturbing pattern” of his sufferers crowd-funding $120,000 to have life-saving operations, not peer-reviewing his outcomes and performing ‘invalid’ procedures.
Dr Teo instructed the Solar Herald and Sunday Age the the medical institution was “gunning for him”.
“As soon as they see blood they go for it,” he stated. “When the distractions turn out to be too nice and I can’t give my sufferers what they deserve, I’ll name it quits.”
The surgeon, who specialises in keyhole and high-risk mind stem surgical procedure, is in demand from sufferers throughout Australia, China, India, the US and Singapore.
Dr Teo stated “there are occasions whenever you simply should bend over and take it up the arse,” however stated the previous week had been essentially the most “relentless and cruel” he had ever skilled and that he didn’t anticipate to outlive for very lengthy.
“They’ll ultimately get me. I do know that sounds a bit fatalistic however I feel it’s most likely true. Loads of good individuals have gone right down to the system,” he stated.
In an interview on the sidelines of the Well being Professionals Australia Reform Affiliation convention in Canberra, Dr Teo listed six surgeons who had resigned, left the occupation or dedicated suicide after being ostracised by different practitioners.
“That is the saddest occasion that I attend yearly,” he stated on Saturday. “My plea is that all of us get collectively. There’s energy in numbers. As a result of the better enemy is in fact the governing medical our bodies. We have to battle as a united entrance in order that it’s now not David v Goliath, its Goliath v Goliath.”
The 61-year-old stated he was “the very best tumour surgeon in Australia,” and “though I do know the Well being Minister and folks in excessive locations and many politicians, it means nothing in the case of APRA [the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency] or these mendacity medical monopolies”.
He stated the governing our bodies used completely different strategies to hold out “a purge” together with sham peer evaluations, making a hostile work atmosphere and monetary assaults towards impartial physicians.
“They’re vilifying and persecuting me saying that I’m nothing however a self-promoter,” he stated.
Dr Teo stated the Sydney Kids’s Hospital had been “essentially the most vehement and malicious” hospital he had labored in after they mandated all of his sufferers be despatched to intensive care after surgical procedure.
“What that meant is that they might management my numbers just by saying that there wasn’t an ICU mattress,” he stated.
“All different surgeons might proceed having their sufferers on the ward.”
A spokeswoman for the Sydney Kids’s Hospital stated any suggestion that sufferers are being blocked from accessing our companies is wrong and that the security and wellbeing of sufferers is the primary precedence.
“Elective surgical procedures that require a postoperative mattress within the intensive care unit won’t go forward until an ICU mattress is obtainable,” she stated. “That is to make sure affected person security.”
Dr Teo stated different hospitals refused to take his sufferers as public sufferers in intensive care after that they had personal surgical procedure – driving up their prices. “It’s got be towards the legislation,” he stated. “They must be made accountable to the identical guidelines.”
The controversial surgeon stated personal hospitals charged $80,000 for the surgical procedure, with $40,000 of that refunded if the affected person doesn’t want an prolonged keep in intensive care. The $40,000 that is still is cut up between Dr Teo, the surgical assistant, the anaesthetist, the radiologist, radiographer and others. Dr Teo stated he made between $8000- $15,000 per surgical procedure.
Of 113 Go Fund me campaigns, Dr Teo stated solely two had been for impending surgical procedures, whereas others dated again to 2014, had been for journey bills or different charities.
He rejected calls from the Faculty of Surgeons to sanction specialists who cost excessively excessive charges and stated it was “no person’s enterprise” how a lot he fees for preliminary consultations.
“I feel a health care provider can cost no matter he needs,” he stated. “If a health care provider fees an excessive amount of and hasn’t bought status persons are not going to go to him.”
Australia’s peak specialist teams have repeatedly careworn that there isn’t any proof to counsel paying extra for remedy equates to a greater end result.
Dr Teo stated he didn’t thoughts being criticised if he bought one thing incorrect however you “cannot do invalid surgical procedure for 30 years and get away with it.”
“I’ve had my justifiable share of problems. I’ve made some unhealthy surgical selections. I’ve operated on those who I ought to by no means have operated on and I do not thoughts being criticised for that,” he stated.
“However I do not like being criticised for issues which might be dishonest. Backbone surgeons make a lot extra money than mind surgeons.
“You would not be in mind surgical procedure for the cash.”
The Australian Medical Affiliation and the Faculty of Surgeons have been contacted for remark.
With Kate Aubusson