Medical Council suspends GP who refused to give vaccine

Dr. Gerard Waters has been suspended by the Medical Council following his announcement that he wouldn’t be administering the Covid-19 vaccine.

The Celbridge doctor claimed he was a “conscientious objector” on RTÉ last month, telling Liveline’s Joe Duffy that Covid-19 was not sufficiently severe to justify using a “messenger RNA” injection.

“My problem primarily is that I don’t think the pathogenicity of Covid is sufficiently severe to a. cause lockdowns or b. use a messenger RNA [vaccine],” he explained.

But, he said, “if circumstances change, I will change.”

Dr Waters was then subject to a High Court application from the Medical Council under the Medical Practitioners Act 2007 which sought to have him suspended for allegedly undermining “public health guidance.”

“Doctors must continue to advocate for their patients by actively promoting the public health guidance,” a Medical Council spokesman told the Irish Times.

“This also includes ensuring doctors promote a culture of patient safety within the context of the wider health system. Doctors also have responsibilities when it comes to posting on social media.”

The in-camera High Court case was decided in favour of the Medical Council, with the application to suspend granted.

A spokesman also confirmed the Medical Council has written to a number of doctors advising them against further pronouncements that would contradict public health advice on Covid-19.

The Kildare GP, who confirmed on radio that he was not sending patients for Covid-19 tests, had also told the Irish Mirror that the injection had been “rushed into production”.

“My take fundamentally is that it’s an experimental vaccine,” Dr. Waters said.

“It’s a messenger RNA vaccine and I don’t think that the illness overall warrants using an experimental vaccine.

“You can’t test a drug over a period of less than a year. This has been rushed into production.

“They’ve no idea – it could be a year, it could be a month, it could be six months, it could be five years before they realise what’s happening. They don’t know what the long-term or even short-term side effects are. I’m a 71-year-old doctor, I’ve been doing it for 40 years. I’ve seen dozens and dozens of drugs developed.”

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