Are all doctors treated equally and fairly by the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ)? The experiences of some NZ doctors would indicate that this is not the case. We filed a written complaint with the Medical Council board outlining ten points where its chairman, Dr Curtis Walker, breached his professional duty. The Council members replied saying it was a ‘governance matter’ and that they ‘resolved to express their full confidence in the Chair’.
Our role is to protect you [the public] by ensuring doctors are competent and fit to practise.MCNZ
The MCNZ’s job is to “protect the public”, purportedly. However, rather than this stated goal, the role of the MCNZ now seems to be to ‘maintain public trust and confidence in the profession’. But by what means, and is it deserved, and at what cost?
Our experience indicates that instead of being “independent from…the government” and promoting and encouraging “good medical practice”, the Council members are subservient to national and international edicts, whether knowingly or not. These edicts have caused immeasurable public harm, by any account. The council collectively, and the doctors on the council individually, are responsible for harm caused.
The Council members chose to look the other way and passed the buck. Doctors of NZDSOS have been investigated and persecuted for asking questions, providing information and discussing science. For most doctors, there have been no patient complaints, nor evidence of harm. In contrast, there have been hundreds, if not thousands, of communications of appreciation and thanks for our information and our position.
When we provided the Council members with a 3000 word document, outlining harm, no investigation was undertaken and the MCNZ reported directly back to the Ministry of Health (from which it is meant to be independent).
We contend that the MCNZ is neither independent from the government, nor protecting the public and that the Council members are individually responsible, whether by actively engaging in harm or by willfully turning a blind eye.
NZ Doctors Stand Strong in Truth
At times it seems we are prevailing, at times it seems less obvious. However, the truth will out and justice will be served. They can try shutting us down, persecuting and silencing doctors and ignoring the harms, but the longer the ruse is continued, the worse it will be for those who looked the other way.
At NZDSOS, we question “the science’, the government narratives, and ourselves – to stay grounded. We continue to speak up for the truth. Thank you for standing with us.