Ontario doctor leaving practice after unfounded claims she denied care to unvaccinated patients – CBC

Storm of abuse on social media got ‘very nasty,’ mayor says

Nov 30, 2021

The only full-time family physician in a small northern Ontario town says she feels personally attacked after a spate of COVID-19 misinformation and anti-vaccination sentiment set off by a town councillor.

Dr. Gretchen Roedde, 69, says, as a result, she plans to close her practice in Latchford on March 31.

Latchford Mayor George Lefebvre says Coun. Scott Green made a mistake when he wrote a Facebook post claiming Roedde wasn’t seeing unvaccinated patients.

Lefebvre says the post was unwarranted and unleashed criticism and anger against the doctor on social media.

“It became very nasty. People should not use social media to express their concerns,” said Lefebvre.

Green says he put letters of apology in 300 mailboxes in Latchford — a town of some 300 people, 130 kilometres northeast of Sudbury — but won’t say what he wrote in them.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/doctor-anti-vax-abuse-harrassment-latchford-quits-1.6266983

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