Saturday 18 September 2021

Doctor fined €3,000 for prescribing fake Covid medication, others cautioned

Photo: Eastrada Media / Krzysztof Kubicki

Healthcare inspectorate IGJ has cautioned 50 doctors who gave their patients misleading information about Covid-19 or the vaccine.

Ten doctors were told they could face disciplinary measures if they persisted, while one was fined €3,000 fine for prescribing inappropriate medication.

The inspectorate received some 200 reports about doctors who spread disinformation since March last year, all of which were followed up.

The doctors in question not only tried to influence their patients but promoted unscientific views on social media, the inspectorate found.

The breaches of professional guidelines included ‘disputing commonly accepted scientific information, promoting the use of medication which did not comply to professional standards [and] actively advising people not to take the vaccine.’

Doctors who refused to wear masks or who issued false medical statements exempting people from the obligation to wear one were also cautioned.

The inspectorate said it respects freedom of opinion, including that of doctors, but it is their duty to make sure any information given to patients is based on fact.

‘Handing out information which is evidently wrong or even spreading conspiracy theories is definitely not part of this,’ the inspectorate said.

Thank you for donating to DutchNews.nl

The DutchNews.nl team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments.

DutchNews.nl has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.

If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.