France Press agency , Posted on Friday 05 November 2021 at 14:46
Controversial Professor Didier Raoult on Friday faced “impostor”, “reckless dangers” to patients and lack of fraternity, the justice of his peers who accused him before the Purdue Chamber of Discipline of violating several articles of the Code of Medical Ethics by promoting him. Hydroxychloroquine against COVID-19.
We sue for success defended the 69-year-old infectious disease specialist in Marseille, standing, green jacket and open-necked T-shirt, in front of the discipline room of the new Aquitaine Doctors’ Syndicate, which examined Shekotin during a confused crowd away from Marseille.
Upon his arrival, the director of the Mediterranean University Hospital Institute for Infection silently greeted, with a nod of the head, the thirty demonstrators who had come to support and greet him. “Raoult, our beacon at night”, “Touche pas à mon Raoult”: signs testifying to the doctor’s popularity among the “counter-order”.
For about three hours, the Disciplinary Chamber, headed by an administrative judge assisted by eight doctors, examined two complaints submitted at the end of 2020 by the Ordre des Médecins des Bouches-du-Rhône and the National Council of the Ordre des Médecins (Cnom). ), on the basis of several reports initially submitted by the French-speaking Society of Infectious Pathology (Spilf), by hospital practitioners and individuals against Didier Raoult.
The Marseille practitioner has been accused of promoting hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of Covid-19, “without confirmed scientific data”, which is like a “charlatan”, and of exposing it to “reckless risks” by treating patients with this “unproven” treatment and “dereliction of duty of brotherhood” towards other doctors, as the disciplinary room rapporteur explained.
For me Philippe Carlini, attorney for the Ordre des Médecins des Bouches-du-Rhône, these lawsuits have been brought in support of “heroic liberal doctors” who are jostled by “anxious patients” who, “without knowing anything about it”, claim treatment with hydroxychloroquine, Based on “Words of a Prominent Scholar from Marseille, Released Without Any Caution” on TVs and Social Networks.
– ‘Like a criminal’ –
Didier Raoult replied, “It is the doctors who complain about us, not the patients,” stressing that he had received “more than 600,000 patients inside the International Health Care Unit during the health crisis,” “without any complaints.”
In front of his colleagues, the professor maintained the “success” of his treatment despite the lack of a proven effect until today.
Several randomized studies – British Recovery, French Hycovid, or Solidarity led by the World Health Organization (WHO) – concluded that hydroxychloroquine was not effective against Covid-19, yet called for disciplinary action by the Chamber.
For me Fabrice de Viseu, Didier Raoult’s lawyer and anti-vaccine champion, the topic of hydroxychloroquine is a “false debate”. He says his client is judging him as a “criminal”, due to his critical positions in the management of the health crisis by the authorities.
According to this lawyer, very mobile in the pub, the file does not contain any exact or dated words that prove the Marseille professor’s discredit to the profession.
Conversely, the “general communication” of the IHU and its director made it possible in particular to highlight an interest in resorting to “mass patient tests” or to identify the “problem of cycles” of the virus. To better manage the health crisis in the country. And he begged to France.
Professor Raoult is subject to a sentence ranging from a simple warning to radiation, including temporary suspension.
The Bordeaux court also considered a third complaint brought by the same Marseille professor, this time against the vice president of Médecins Bosch du Rhône, Dr. Guillaume Gorinkourt, for “lack of brotherhood”.
Decisions on these two sessions are reserved and will be released on December 3.
Professor Raoult, who is retired as a university professor and hospital practitioner, should leave the IHU president at the end of June at the latest.
Since the end of October, he has also been accused, like the IHU, of conducting illegal “clinical trials” against tuberculosis since 2017, which they deny.