Ethical faults: Dr. Lacroix “went too far”

Ethical faults: Dr. Lacroix has

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The Disciplinary Board of the College of Physicians declared the owner of Lacroix Medical Clinics, the DrMarc Lacroix, guilty of two ethical faults, believing that he had gone “too far” by criticizing the WHO and Quebec Public Health, thus damaging the reputation of the medical profession.

The owner and founder of the Lacroix private medical clinics, Dr. Marc Lacroix, has been facing an ethics complaint since the summer of 2020 for a series of interviews given to former CHOI Radio X host Jeff Fillion as well as for multiple Facebook posts against health measures. It was a private complainant, Olivier Bolduc, who will be a candidate for Québec solidaire in Jean-Talon in the next election, who filed this complaint.  

After lengthy hearings, Dr. Lacroix was found guilty of ethical misconduct on two of the seven counts of the complaint. One of the three members of the Disciplinary Council, Dr. Petru-Lucian Comanita, however, dissented and would have acquitted Dr. Lacroix, considering that the respondent had exercised his right to freedom of expression. 

Making a good show

However, this is not the opinion of the two other members of the council, who severely judge the comments made by Dr. Lacroix during an interview with CHOI on May 8, 2020. Dr. Lacroix had said in particular “stop listening the WHO”, adding: “We see Dr Arruda with his beautiful WHO pin… Personally, I think that the WHO, from the start, was not credible in this crisis, hidden information from the whole world.”

This “unreserved attack on the WHO” is not worthy of the behavior of a doctor, decides the council, believing that Dr. Lacroix “has gone too far”. “We quickly understand that Dr. Lacroix is ​​there to challenge the measures of the Public Health Department and make a good show with the host”, is it written.  

The board goes on to say that it couldn't act like it was having a “friends” chat with the host who was, incidentally, its publicity spokesperson. “Dr. Lacroix was more concerned with adopting a position that would make him popular […] than with worrying about the consequences of COVID-19”, it is written.  

“Public figure”

Dr. Lacroix also breached his ethical obligations by making multiple publications on his Facebook page, notably writing “buffoon” above a photo by Dr. Horacio Arruda, “pure madness” or “the mask does not protect”.  

The Council lists some fifty publications which, in tone and frequency, “lack elegance, class and dignity”. Dr. Lacroix was not exempt from his ethical obligations, even if he published on a personal Facebook page.   

The Council recalls throughout its decision that Dr. Lacroix had the right to express his opinion, but that he should have been more careful and exercised more restraint, especially since he was not a expert in the field of public health. His remarks therefore lacked professionalism and seriousness, and reached a “degree of seriousness such” that they constitute an ethical fault, concludes the president, Me Marie-Josée Corriveau.  

Dr. Lacroix will have to appear at a hearing on sanction in order to know the disciplinary penalty that will be imposed on him for the two ethical faults of which he has been found guilty.

D's reaction r Lacroix

Dr. Lacroix issued a press release on Tuesday afternoon to react to the decision rendered against him. He indicates that his attorneys will analyze the decision for the future, recalling that he was acquitted of five of the seven counts of the complaint in addition to asserting the dissent of one of the members on the final decision.  < /p> Got a scoop for us?

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