Ethical faults: Dr. Lacroix “went too far”

The Disciplinary Council of the College of Physicians sentenced the owner of Cliniques Médicales Lacroix, Dr.r Marc Lacroix, to two ethical faults considering that he went “too far” by criticizing the WHO and the Public Health of Quebec thus harming the reputation of the medical profession.

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

After lengthy hearings, the 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 Board, Dr.r Petru-Lucian Comanita, however, displayed his dissent and would have acquitted the Dr Lacroix considering that the respondent had exercised his right to freedom of expression.

make a good show

However, it is not the opinion of the other two members of the council who severely judges the behavior of D.r Lacroix during his May 8, 2020 interview with CHOI in which he notably said “stop listening to the WHO”, adding “We see Doctor Arruda with his beautiful WHO pin, me, I think the WHO, from the start, was not credible in this crisis, hid information from the whole world”.

This “wholehearted attack on the WHO” is not worthy of the behavior of a doctor, slices the council considering that the Dr Lacroix “went too far”. “We quickly understand that the 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 council goes on to say that it could not act as if it was having a discussion “between friends” with the host who was also its advertising spokesperson. “The Dr Lacroix was more concerned with adopting a position that would make him popular rather than worrying about the consequences of COVID-19, ”it is written.

“Public figure”

The Dr Lacroix also failed in his ethical obligations during his multiple publications on his Facebook page by writing in particular “buffoon” above a photo of Dr Horacio Arruda, “pure madness” or “the mask does not protect”.

The Council lists some fifty publications which, by tone and frequency, “lack elegance, class and dignity”. The 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 the 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 an 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, Ms.e Marie-Josee Corriveau.

The Dr Lacroix will have to appear at a hearing on sanction to know the disciplinary penalty which will be granted to him for the two ethical faults for which he was found guilty.

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