MDO defends restricting cover for doctors treating kids with gender dysphoria

The decision is 'not a commentary on the ethics or morals of this treatment', says MDA National president Dr Michael Gannon.
Dr Michael Gannon.

MDA National says a potential surge in patient lawsuits has led it to pull cover for GPs and other private practitioners who initiate hormone therapy for children and teens with gender dysphoria. 

From 1 July, doctors who practise outside of a hospital-based multidisciplinary team will not be covered by the medical defence organisation (MDO) for any future claims that may arise from starting gender-affirming hormones in under-18s.