Medical & Dental Council Urged To ‘Tread Gently’ In Dr. Gilbertha St Rose Matter

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Attorney at Law Mary Francis says the Saint Lucia Medical and Dental Council must ‘tread gently’ in the matter involving Dr. Gilbertha St Rose, whom the body has summoned to a disciplinary hearing on October 13.

St Rose is a Dermatologist, Herbalist, and Integrative Health Care Specialist.

 She has been a vocal advocate of using the drug Ivermectin in treating COVID-19, asserting in a May 8, 2021 letter to Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sharon Belmar-George that the use of Ivermectin could be a ‘saving grace.’

The Medical and Dental Council has requested the presence of Dr. St Rose at a virtual meeting to show cause why disciplinary action, including the suspension or cancellation of her registration, should not be taken against her for “professional acts of misconduct” between February 8, 2021, and August 30, 2021, and continuing.

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The Council raised several charges, including prescribing and supplying Ivermectin to patients without authorisation from the Ministry of Health or the Chief Medical Officer and encouraging the use of the drug as a treatment for the virus contrary to the expressed advice of the Chief Medical Officer.

Attorney Mary Francis told St Lucia Times that she has been following the development with great interest.

Francis, the National Centre for Legal Aid and Human Rights Coordinator, told St Lucia Times that she is concerned because the disciplinary hearing may lead to the physician having her registration revoked.

According to the outspoken Human Rights advocate, such a development would be ‘serious and drastic’ because it would impact the doctor’s livelihood and human rights.

“More than that, in terms of freedom of expression, she has been advocating her views,” the Attorney at Law asserted.

Francis noted that there are lots of questions about the use of Ivermectin in the treatment of COVID-19.

But she said that the jury is still not out yet on the drug’s usefulness in fighting the pandemic.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the current evidence on the use of Ivermectin to treat COVID-19 patients is inconclusive.

“Until more data is available, WHO recommends that the drug only be used within clinical trials,” the world body has said.

Francis stated that already there’s a lot of confusion over the COVID-19 vaccination, with the authorities trying to persuade people to take the jab.

“Those who have an interest in other methods might resist the vaccination even more,” she asserted.

“I am not one to encourage unethical behavior, but I am studying the situation and the legislation and may make a further statement,” Francis stated.

For her part, Dr. Gilbertha St Rose, in commenting on the upcoming disciplinary hearing, was confident that she would be vindicated.

“Unfortunately, we are utilising our energies to go down that road whereas we should be fighting the common enemy, which is COVID-19,” she told St Lucia Times.

“In any case, it is allowing us to educate people about other options for treatment which is the total science that our Prime Minister is talking about,” St Rose stated.

“Also, the fact is that we have to question those in authority and come to our own decision as to whose side they are on, what is the objective of the governance,” St Rose explained.

“I will be vindicated; absolutely, it is so obvious that I should be, and like I say, why waste energy on this trial, but it is what it is until it isn’t, ” St Rose told St Lucia Times.

Headline photo: (L to R) Mary Francis and Dr. Gilbertha St Rose

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