Ontario doc accused of spreading COVID misinformation hit with restrictions

Ontario's medical regulator alleges Dr. Patrick Phillips is 'incompetent'

A family doctor in northeastern Ontario has been accused of spreading misinformation about COVID-19.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) has restricted Dr. Patrick Phillips from providing medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccines and face masks.

“The College is alleging that Dr. Phillips engaged in disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct and failure to maintain the standard of practice of the profession and that he is incompetent,” the CPSO said in a statement released Tuesday.

“These allegations relate to his communications, including but not limited to communications on social media and other digital platforms, regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and related issues. This includes but is not limited to making misleading, incorrect or inflammatory statements about vaccinations, treatments and public health measures for COVID-19.”

Dr. Patrick Phillips/ Twitter

According to the college, the allegations against Phillips have been referred to its disciplinary tribunal.

Phillips is based in Englehart, south of Kirkland Lake.

He responded to the claims in a message posted to Twitter.

“Never have I been more proud of myself than the day I decided to take a stand against our country’s medical tyranny,” wrote Phillips on Tuesday.

“Providing patients and the public access to treatments for COVID-19 and vaccine injuries and protecting them from medical coercion is not something I will regret.”

Later on Tuesday afternoon, Phillips posted another tweet indicating he “will not back down from speaking or spreading the truth.”

Other restrictions imposed by the college against Phillips:

  • Prescribing ivermectin, an anti-parasitic medicine that Health Canada says should not be used for treating COVID-19.
  • Prescribing fluvoxamine, an anti-depressant, and atorvastatin, a medication primarily used to prevent cardiovascular disease, in relation to COVID-19.