PARIS | The National Council of the French Order of Physicians announced on Monday that it had lodged a complaint against six doctors, including Professor Didier Raoult, a world-renowned infectious disease specialist, after controversial remarks on the COVID-19 epidemic.
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Contacted by AFP, the Council of the Order (Cnom) confirmed this information, revealed by the medical news agency APMNews, without further details.
The body examined in early December a series of complaints or reports targeting doctors for facts or statements made publicly about the coronavirus pandemic.
She decided to seize the disciplinary chambers of first instance of complaints, or to join a complaint in progress with regard to six doctors, details the specialized agency.
Among the doctors targeted are Prof. Didier Raoult, from the Mediterranean University Hospital (IHU) in Marseille, a controversial advocate of hydroxychloroquine, and infectious disease specialist Christian Perronne.
Didier Raoult is at the heart of a controversy for having crushed the management of the crisis by the authorities and the conflicts of interest in international research on the treatment of COVID-19. His words had pushed the departmental council of the Order of Physicians to seize the disciplinary jurisdiction, and the Cnom chose to join it.
Concerning Professor Perronne, the Assistance publique – Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) announced Thursday that it had terminated its functions, for having notably affirmed that the patients of the Covid represented a financial boon for the doctors and also for controversial remarks around hydroxychloroquine.
The doctor was until now head of the infectious and tropical diseases department at the Raymond-Poincaré hospital in Garches, in the Paris region.
The CNOM’s complaints also target Prof. Henri Joyeux, retired oncologist, Dr. Nicole Delépine, former pediatric oncologist in Garches, Dr. Nicolas Zeller, general practitioner, and Dr. Rezeau-Frantz, also general practitioner.