ER Editor: France’s Professor Christian Perronne is as eminent as doctors and researchers get in any country. He’s an infectious and tropical disease expert and used to be in charge of France’s vaccination program. He’s been an ardent truth teller since the start, criticizing government policy in all its aspects verbally and in print, and has been put through the ringer in France for it. Kudos to him.
Complete victory for Pr Perronne before the disciplinary chamber of the College of Physicians
It was in a press release dated October 22, 2022 that Professor Perronne’s lawyer, Me Thomas Benages, announced the decisions rendered on October 21 by the disciplinary chamber of first instance of Île-de-France (ER: metropolitan area of Paris) of the ‘Order of Physicians following the complaints filed against him: she fully agrees with Professor Perronne.
The Disciplinary Chamber considers that Professor Perronne, in view of his quality as an internationally recognized infectologist, had “the obligation to express himself in the field which falls within his competence”, during the Covid-19 crisis.
The decisions rendered by the disciplinary chamber are summarized below:
On September 13, Professor Christian Perronne was heard by the Disciplinary Chamber of First Instance of Île-de-France of the Order of Physicians following two complaints filed, in 2020, by the National Council of the Order of Physicians (CNOM), and by Dr. Nathan Peiffer-Smadja.
The National Council of the Order of Physicians considered that the doctor and infectologist had violated the Code of Public Health when he spoke in the media and his works: according to him, he would have “seriously implicated colleagues who had cared for a member of his family or who participated in public health decisions”, and, in general, would not have contributed to the public health actions put in place by the government. In addition, he was accused of having denigrated the “public health policies” put in place during the Covid-19 crisis.
Dr Nathan Peiffer-Smadja considered, for his part, to have been personally attacked by Professor Perronne on the scientific value of his publications, in view of the comments made by him in the media as well as in the documentary “Hold-Up”. .
In return, Professor Perronne had filed an ordinal complaint against Dr Nathan Peiffer-Smadja, the latter having published, from May to October 2020, 14 tweets in which he expressed derogatory, defamatory and insulting.
As part of these three legal proceedings, the Île-de-France disciplinary chamber of first instance of the Order of Physicians ruled in favor of Professor Perronne, in decisions rendered on October 21, 2022.
First of all, concerning the procedure brought by the CNOM, the Disciplinary Chamber upheld all of the defenses, which insisted on Professor Perronne’s status as an expert and the fact that he was in the best position to express themselves and bring contradiction to the government during the health crisis.
The Disciplinary Chamber concluded that, given his status as a specialist, Professor Perronne had an obligation to express himself:
“Dr Perronne, a specialist internationally recognized as an expert in the field of infectiology, was best able understand public health issues. If he expressed himself in the press on the action of the government and on the pharmaceutical industry, as it was legitimate to do and even had the obligation to do in this area which fell within his competence, he is limited to raising publicly, but without invective, a discordant voice on a subject of general interest”.
In addition, according to the disciplinary chamber, it does not appear from any of the documents in the file that at any time the infectious disease specialist would have made an “antivax” speech. (ER: That this point could even be raised leaves us shaking our head in disbelief.)
The Disciplinary Chamber also considered that the criticisms expressed by Professor Perronne against Ms. Agnès Buzyn and Mr. Olivier Véran “concerned these people only as health authorities holding a political position. Thus, even though these authorities also had the status of doctors, Dr Perronne cannot be regarded as having disregarded, by the criticisms directed against them, the aforementioned provisions of the Public Health Code”.
Regarding the proceedings against Dr Nathan Peiffer-Smadja, the disciplinary chamber considered that he had made remarks against Professor Perronne of a “seriously anti-fraternal nature” and pronounced an ordinal sanction against him. (Warning).
The complaint of Dr Nathan Peiffer-Smadja against Pr Perronne was therefore rejected, the disciplinary chamber considering that “Professor Perronne’s remarks concerning Dr Nathan Peiffer-Smadja were aimed solely, and in an impersonal manner, at his quality as the author of a critical study.”
Thus, through these fundamental decisions, the Disciplinary Chamber has come to reaffirm the freedom of expression enjoyed by university doctors, when they express themselves in an impersonal manner, while emphasizing the preponderant role played by Professor Perronne during the health crisis by bringing contradiction to the government and by having “a discordant voice on a subject of general interest” .
Through these decisions, the Disciplinary Chamber has therefore recognized that a doctor may have a different opinion from that expressed by the government, and report it publicly.
This Wednesday, October 19, at the invitation of several MEPs, including Virginie Joron, Professor Christian Perronne, doctor and infectologist, former head of the Garches hospital department, was received at the European Parliament in Strasbourg to give a conference on the vaccination policy of the European Union and its management of the health crisis.
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