A Queensland GP who leads a prominent anti-vaccination protest group faces suspension from Australia’s top medical council, following a live-streamed tirade to the country’s top doctor.
Dr William Bay’s antics came to the attention of the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Agency (AHPRA) after he interrupted a conference organized by the Australian Medical Association last month.
The GP Registrar leads the Queensland People’s Protest, an anti-vaccination protest group which promotes opposition to Covid-19 vaccination mandates.
At last month’s AMA conference, Dr Bay live-streamed an astonishing spray on the nation’s chief medical officer, Paul Kelly, as stunned doctors looked on.
“I am here today to ask you to join the Australian people and stop forcing these vaccines on people who are being killed by them,” Dr Bay was heard shouting.
Dr Bay accused Professor Kelly of lying and “gaslighting” his colleagues, before being escorted out of the conference by security.
“All GPs, all GPs in Australia, you are warned by the people of Queensland,” he hears shouting towards the end of the video.
“This is the protest of the people of Queensland and you have been warned.”
In a statement, an AHPRA spokeswoman said the Medical Board of Australia was proposing to suspend its registration as an immediate action.
Dr. Bay has until August 16 to explain why his registration should not be suspended.
“For legal and privacy reasons, we cannot comment further at this time,” the AHPRA spokeswoman said.
NCA NewsWire has seen a copy of AHPRA’s suspension notice, which says the medical board believes Dr. Bay’s conduct ‘poses a serious risk to people’ and requires ‘immediate action’ to protect health. public.
The council raised concerns about videos Dr Bay has posted online about his ‘distrust of vaccinations’, public health measures and the healthcare system.
“Statements by you, as recently as June 2022, have the potential to undermine public health guidance and positions regarding the Covid-19 vaccine,” the notice read.
“This conduct is very concerning in circumstances where you appear to be relying on your position as a licensed healthcare practitioner to lend credibility to your position.”
The notice states that Dr. Bay’s suspension was justified because he “may have behaved in a manner which demonstrates a general lack of the qualities essential for a physician.
“(These include) the ethical exercise of judgment and integrity and adherence to public health guidelines,” the notice reads.
Appearing on a podcast after his rant, Dr Bay claimed some of his patients had complained of chest pain and an inability to walk which he attributed as a “side effect” to the vaccines.
He claimed another had “ejaculated blood”.
When asked if they had received any complaints about these side effects from Dr. Bay’s patients, AHPRA said they could not comment on ongoing cases.
“Medical board expectations of physicians regarding vaccination and public health predate the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Code of Conduct sets out the professional standards we expect,” the AHPRA spokeswoman said.
“When providing information or advice, we expect practitioners to exercise their professional judgment and ensure that their advice is evidence-based and in line with the latest health advice.”
Dr. Bay was contacted for comment but did not respond.
In subsequent social media updates, he appeared defiant, saying he was “ready for a fight” in a video posted to the RRQ’s Facebook page last week.
“No matter what, it will be fine because we have God on our side and we are going to win anyway,” he said.
In another video, he accused AHPRA of gagging doctors and said they were trying to “destroy” him.
He also started a petition urging his followers to “save” his medical registration.
Previous videos on social media showed the doctor ‘throwing away’ his medical license and staging protests outside the offices of government officials and the media.