A British Columbia doctor known for spreading false information about COVID-19 who was linked to a website selling fake vaccine exemption certificates has been suspended from practicing medicine.
An order issued by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia on March 24 prohibits Stephen Malthouse, a doctor from Denman Island, British Columbia, from practicing while the college investigates his actions.
An investigative committee determined there would be a risk of public harm if Malthouse continued to practice during the investigation and said his conduct would likely continue without the suspension.
The order may be canceled if information shows that the public would no longer be in danger.
Malthouse, whose thoughts on the pandemic have gone viral in some circles, has repeatedly asserted that COVID-19 is no more deadly than the flu and that vaccines are more dangerous than the novel coronavirus.
He has made these scientifically unsupported ideas public in videos, at rallies against public health measures and in open letters.
what seems to be his signature was reportedly found on a fake vaccine exemption linked to the British Columbia-based website EnableAir.com.
In January, Malthouse told CBC he was signing the exemptions because people were “coerced” into getting vaccinated.
“A lot of people ask for exemptions so they don’t get a very dangerous blow that doesn’t do them any good, and if they don’t get it, they risk losing their jobs. Families are at risk. Really, I think the doctors , in these circumstances, should write exemptions,” he said.
Another British Columbia doctor, Gwyllyn Goddard, was also linked to the website. His medical license is temporarily inactive.
As of March 28, the website no longer appears to offer exemptions, but instead claims to provide “incredibly helpful” information about COVID-19 and vaccinations.
Chilliwack RCMP are investigating EnableAir.com.
Malthouse filed a petition with the British Columbia Supreme Court last year, claiming the college was violating his right to free speech by investigating him and proposing disciplinary action.