Munjed Al Muderis’ medical insurance revoked, preventing further work

Watson said insurance cancellation was a “very rare” and “extreme measure” and could be in response to a high number of negligence claims against the surgeon.

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“A measure taken by an insurer to suspend or revoke coverage is a really dramatic step only taken in the most serious of circumstances, and only after a great deal of consideration,” he said.

“It’s never taken lightly. The practical effect of it is to put the person out of practice.”

Former Alfred Hospital plastic surgeon John Anstee, who performed the first osseointegration in Australia, said he had “never heard of anyone having their insurance cancelled”.

“It’s bloody serious… If you don’t have insurance, you can’t practice in this country,” Anstee said.

The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and 60 minutes has this week revealed the down side of Al Muderis’ osseointegration practice – a procedure offered to amputees where a titanium rod is inserting into residual bone which protrudes through the skin and connects to a prosthetic limb.

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While many of Al Muderis’ patients have had positive experiences and are fierce supporters of the surgeon, many have also experienced a range of complications including chronic infection and pain and claim they felt ignored once they raised concerns with their surgeon.

Alttahir’s note blamed a “few disgruntled patients” for jeopardizing the care of more than 1000 success stories. He encouraged patients to write to local parliamentary members or the health minister and join a petition in support of the surgeon.

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“We all cannot stand idly by and watch this injustice unfold right before our eyes,” he wrote.

However, Canadian patient Ron Broda, who considers himself a “success story”, said there was a “cult following” around the celebrity surgeon and called for a formal investigation into Al Muderis’ practice.

“I’d like to see the Australian government hold a public inquiry to examine all the records of the OGA to find out what the facts are,” Broda said. “I believe the majority [of patients] are going to be successful. But what happens to the ones that aren’t? There needs to be consequences for those that are not treated fairly and need proper care.”

MDA National, Al Muderis, and Alttahir were contacted for comment.

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