New Zealand bans anti-vaccine doctor Jonie Girouard who handed fake vaccine exemptions to patients from ever practicing again.
Jonie Girouard, a Kaiapoi doctor has been banned from practicing medicine in New Zealand after she was caught giving out fake vaccine exemptions.
An investigation into the North Canterbury GP was launched in December by video footage showing Girouard providing fictitious exemptions and instructing patients on how to utilize them.
Medical Council chairperson Curtis Walker said Girouard is no longer able to practice medicine in New Zealand since she has been deregistered by the Medical Council.
“This is a serious issue that the council takes very seriously, as evidenced by the release of council-issued guidance stating there is no place for anti-vaccination messages in professional practice, nor any promotion of anti-vaccine claims, including on social media and advertising by health practitioners,” Walker said.
“It is the council’s responsibility to intervene as soon as possible to ensure that patients are protected in the event of an emergency.”
According to Walker, the council’s comments on individual practitioners were limited by privacy concerns.
New Zealand’s pandemic response is being bolstered by the efforts of thousands of doctors, according to the Medical Council.
At the request of Dr. Girouard, she was removed from the medical registry effective December 22, 2021, according to a statement from the Medical Council.
Three doctors’ licenses to practice medicine were suspended in December while the council investigated allegations that they had spread false information about Covid-19.
However, the District Court has heard an appeal from three doctors who have been banned from practice: Drs. Peter Canaday, Emanuel Garcia and Matthew Shelton. The appeal for the trio is set for next month.
As soon as Newshub broadcast footage of Girouard that same month, Walker said the Medical Council had begun gathering evidence “with urgency.” According to the council’s process of natural justice, they would meet with her to discuss the situation. As a result, only the Director-General of Health could grant vaccine exemptions, Walker added.
GPs were unable to do so.
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