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A general practitioner who raised doubts about Covid-19 vaccines and the effectiveness of masks in limiting disease was banned from practicing medicine for a year on Wednesday by an independent disciplinary board.
Benoît Ochs will appeal the council’s decision, his lawyer told the Luxembourg hours. The council’s decision was based on complaints from Luxembourg’s medical faculty, which governs the medical, dental and other professions according to its website.
Ochs can continue to practice for months while the appeal is pending, his lawyer Christian Bock said in an interview.
The Disciplinary Board determined that Ochs had committed several ethical violations. Gonderange’s doctor has been accused of treating Covid-19 patients with unapproved drugs, failing to wear masks and raising doubts about vaccinations and other issues, Bock said.
Ochs did not object to the vaccines and then administered to his patients, but had warned that there were too few tests to know the effect of anti-Covid vaccines, some of which were developed using radically new technology, said Bock.
“His stance on vaccines was one of the theories to drag him to this tribunal,” Bock said. Ochs “says the Covid-19 vaccine may be perfectly good for the elderly and for the vulnerable, but giving it to perfectly healthy people and young people and children he doesn’t think is a good idea.” .
The Medical College declined to comment on Wednesday, Secretary-General Dr Roger Heftrich said in an email.
“We live up to our mission and continue to monitor medical practice in the best interests of patients. General practitioners should never be a threat,” Faculty of Medicine President Dr Pit Büchler told the RTL television channel.
Ochs and her views were celebrated on the Expressis-Verbis website, the Covid-skeptical online forum founded earlier this year by new Cargolux President Christianne Wickler and others.
The website includes misleading or false information about the disease, for example the claim that certain vaccines are not effective in older people when scientific studies have concluded otherwise.
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