TORONTO – Ontario’s medical regulatory body says it has placed a number of restrictions on a family doctor accused of spreading misinformation about COVID-19.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario said Dr. Patrick Phillips, who is based in northeastern Ontario, is now banned from providing medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccines, masking requirements and testing.
Regulator says Phillips is also banned from prescribing ivermectin – an antiparasitic agent that Health Canada says should not be used to treat COVID-19 – as well as fluvoxamine and atorvastatin related to the virus.
The college alleges that between August 2020 and this month, Phillips engaged in disgraceful, dishonorable or unprofessional conduct in his communications regarding the pandemic, including on social media.
He alleges that this includes making misleading, incorrect or inflammatory statements about COVID-19 vaccines, treatments and public health measures.
The regulator says the case has been referred to its disciplinary tribunal but a hearing date has yet to be set.
Public records from the college indicate that Phillips’ primary practice location is the Englehart and District Hospital in Englehart, Ont., About 45 kilometers south of Kirkland Lake.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on September 28, 2021.