Regulator warns N.L. doctors against spreading COVID-19 misinformation online – CBC

Some social media activity may require investigation, overseeing body says

Sep 23, 2021

The regulator for doctors in Newfoundland and Labrador says it’s been made aware of some concerning social media posts, and has issued an advisory to physicians telling them to mind what they say online.

Physicians are being told they must not publicly contradict public health orders and recommendations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are seeing activity here that may require some investigation and some further looking into,” Dr. Linda Inkpen, registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador, told CBC News.

“Mostly, it’s social media activity which appears on the surface to be espousing some anti-vaccination sentiment, and speaking generally against public health directives.”

The advisory sent out by the college last week reminded physicians that they hold a unique position of trust with the public.

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