A family and emergency doctor in northeastern Ontario has been barred from issuing a COVID-19 vaccine, masking requirements and exemptions for testing as he faces a disciplinary hearing before the province’s medical regulator.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario said Tuesday it imposed an interim ban on Dr Patrick Phillips after he refused to cooperate with an investigation into allegations that he spread misinformation about the pandemic.
The regulator said Dr Phillips was asked to prescribe ivermectin – an antiparasitic agent that Health Canada says should not be used to treat COVID-19 – as well as prescribing fluvoxamine and atorvastatin in relation to the virus. has also been banned.
The College alleges that between August 2020 and this month, Dr. Phillips engaged in abusive, abusive or unprofessional conduct in his communications regarding the pandemic, including on social media.
It is alleged to include making misleading, false or inflammatory statements on COVID-19 vaccines, treatments and public health measures.
The college further alleged that Dr Phillips is “incompetent with respect to his communications” regarding the pandemic.
The regulator’s public records indicate that Dr. Phillips’ primary location of practice is Englehart and District Hospital in Englehart, Ont., approximately 45 kilometers south of Kirkland Lake.
Dr. Phillips addressed the allegations and sanctions on Twitter.
“I haven’t been more proud of myself than the day I decided to take a stand against the medical tyranny of my country,” he wrote Tuesday morning.
“Giving patients and the public access to treatment for injuries caused by COVID-19 and vaccines and protecting them from medical coercion is not something I will regret.”
The college said Dr Phillips is the first doctor to be referred to its disciplinary tribunal – and to face interim measures – over allegations of COVID-19 misinformation. The date of hearing has not yet been fixed.
The regulator had previously cautioned a pediatrician in Brampton, Ont., over several tweets about COVID-19 that said vaccination was unnecessary, in accordance with the college’s decision.
In the document, the college said the warning given to Dr. Kulwinder Kaur Gill in February “related to a lack of professionalism and failure to exercise caution in her posts on social media, which is irresponsible behavior on the part of a member of the profession and presents a potential risk to public health.”
That decision is being appealed to the Health Professions Appeals and Review Board and a request has also been filed in Divisional Court for judicial review, according to the college.
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