Sydney, January 29, 2011
Strange but true, Surgeon Charlie Teo disclosed yesterday that he was displaying his surgeries to outsiders for a fee. He said people could watch the surgeries on a screen inside the operating theater at a hospital in Sydney, reports said.
Spectators were kept well away from patients in a corner of the theater. The monies so raised were spent for childhood cancer research, he said, according to reports.
Dr. Simon Chapman, Public Health Professor at the University of Sydney had already written a highly critical essay titled ‘Should the spectacle of surgery be sold to the highest bidder?' in the current issue of the British Medical Journal.
Professor Chapman contended that though patients might feel unable to decline the request, patient confidentiality could be compromised by such action.
Dr. Teo, however, told the ABC radio, ‘The reason I do it is for the greater good of the community'.
The executive director of surgical affairs at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Dr. John Quinn was displeased and said, ‘Surgery is not a spectator sport. It's really quite a serious activity, and often a life-or-death situation'.
He further said that college authorities would investigate if Dr. Teo had breached the laid down medical etiquette.