A psychiatrist from Zurich spoke out in several e-mails to the cantonal office for health against the Covid vaccination: She is said to have criticized the poor benefit-risk ratio of mRNA treatment in children. The office now allegedly fears a “endangerment of patient safety” and demands that the doctor undergo a psychiatric assessment. She could lose her license.
The case seems incredible based on the current state of facts: several countries have already stopped the corona vaccinations in young people because the small to non-existent benefit does not outweigh the risks of possible side effects. Nevertheless, the cantonal health department is obviously very upset by the four emails the psychiatrist sent between December 2022 and January 2023. She is said to have warned of the massive health-damaging effects of the vaccination – according to media reports, the office now fears “a corresponding influence” on anxious patients. It has sent the doctor a letter asking her to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. The letter was leaked to the media.
“Due to your messages, we feel compelled to check the psychological guarantee required for proper professional practice as a doctor, since your messages are sometimes paranoid in nature and the necessary professional distance no longer seems to be guaranteed,” it said. The required assessment should cost up to 10,000 Swiss francs (more than 10,000 euros) – the critical doctor has to bear the costs herself.
In the summer of 2022, the psychiatrist is said to have stated in a video that she had ordered the drug Ivermectin from India and given it to patients, according to the medium “20 Minuten”. However, this video is not addressed in the letter from the office, one refers here purely to the four critical e-mails.
Philipp Kruse is the doctor’s lawyer. He initially criticized the fact that the letter ever reached the public. He also stated that the client’s strongly negative attitude in the e-mails could only be determined towards the child vaccination: “The fact that she is against the Covid 19 vaccination for children because the risk-benefit ratio is not right is a legitimate stance in December 2022,” he stated. He sees no paranoid traits or a threat to patient safety. His client denies the allegations; he explained this to the office in writing and hopes “that the matter will be settled”.
The health department told “20 Minuten” that if the conditions for ensuring patient safety were no longer met, “as a last resort” the license could be withdrawn in a supervisory procedure – the doctor would then no longer be allowed to practice her profession. In Switzerland, too, it seems that there is still a long way to go from dealing with the Corona crisis.
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