Doctor With Contrarian Views on Pandemic Policy Approach Gets Licence Suspended

Doctor With Contrarian Views on Pandemic Policy Approach Gets Licence Suspended
Screenshot of Dr. Patrick Phillips in an undated photo. (Screenshot/Twitter)
Andrew Chen

Ontario’s regulatory college for medical doctors has temporarily suspended the licence of Dr. Patrick Phillips, a family physician who is known for speaking out against COVID-19 mandates and restrictions.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) previously referred Phillips to its physicians and surgeons disciplinary tribunal, alleging that he had "engaged in disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct" in relation to his communications on issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including posts on social media and other digital platforms.
In a hearing notice issued by the CPSO to the tribunal, it alleged that between August 2020 and September 2021, Phillips posted information on social media that made "misleading, incorrect or inflammatory statements about vaccinations, treatments and public health measures for COVID-19."
The hearing notice provided a list of Philips' conduct related to COVID-19 that the CPSO said would "reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable, or unprofessional," including:
  • Interference with the testing of an infant, who was not his patient, for COVID-19;
  • Inappropriate reporting of adverse events following immunization;
  • Inappropriate management of patients/other individuals in relation to COVID-19 vaccines and in relation to COVID-19 treatment and prophylaxis, including inappropriate prescribing; Inappropriate provision of medical exemptions in relation to COVID-19;
  • Inappropriate communication with patients/other individuals in relation to COVID-19 vaccines, treatment and prophylaxis;
  • Unprofessional conduct and communications at his hospital workplace, including failure to follow hospital protocols.
In September 2021, the CPSO also imposed interim restrictions on Phillips, saying he refused to co-operate with its investigation into his alleged spreading of misinformation, while prohibiting him from prescribing ivermectin—an antiparasitic agent that Health Canada says should not be used to treat COVID-19—or Fluvoxamine and Atorvastatin, in connection with the virus.

The CPSO suspended Phillip's licence effective May 3.

Phillips, whose primary location of practice is the Englehart and District Hospital, has called for protecting patients from COVID-19 vaccine injuries and protecting them from medical coercion.

In a Twitter post last September, Phillip said COVID-19 testing is “not a harm-free procedure,” citing the example of a young girl who received a nasal swab test required for a return to school and subsequently began bleeding from her nose and one of her eyes.

His Twitter account, which had close to 40,000 followers, has since been suspended.

In a "closure letter" shared with The Epoch Times, Patrick said the suspension came "without notice," and with it, he is barred from issuing prescription repeats, completing medical workups, and interpreting test results, while all outstanding prescription repeats, medical tests, and possibly referrals for his patients will likely be cancelled.

Phillips said he remains grateful to have served his community and will "find a way to serve others."

"I sincerely believe that all that happens in our lives is for our highest spiritual growth and evolution. Through deep and sincere forgiveness of both self and others, every hardship we face is in fact a blessing of immense value," he wrote.

"I [am] grateful to have learned and to continue learning that we are something so much more than our story, our careers, our failures and our reputations. We’re souls on a journey of finding ourselves and our true nature."

"I hold sincere gratitude in my heart for the opportunity to be a part of your journey in life. I intend to remain a part of this beautiful community and to find a way to serve others in a different capacity."