An Australian medical doctor has been sacked after saying that if a person has an “intense” pre-existing condition, they could die from it.
Dr David White was working as a medical adviser at the Australian Medical Association, and a spokeswoman for the ACMA said Dr White was no longer working at the organisation.
In his latest post on Facebook Dr White said: “If you have an intense pre-existing condition and have a fever, an ulcer, a cough, a runny nose or a headache, you may need to see a GP, nurse or doctor for further medical advice.”
If you feel sick, have a run or a cough and don’t want to take a prescription, or don’t have the money to pay a GP or a nurse, then you should see a doctor or nurse.
“Dr White also said people with a cold or an infection could die by the time they had a treatment plan.”
People with an infection should see their GP or nurse to get treatment for the infection and if necessary go to hospital, where they will need to have antibiotics and the virus may be killed,” he wrote.”
The only thing you need is a plan.
“Dr Black said the ACMSA was investigating the posts.”
This is totally unacceptable, and we have made clear that the comments made by Dr White were inappropriate and have been removed from his website,” she said.”
We take the comments on social media very seriously and are conducting an internal investigation into the matter.
“This is a clear example of inappropriate behaviour and we will take all appropriate action against anyone found to be breaching our code of conduct.”
Our Code of Conduct requires us to ensure that all of our members are trained to address and report inappropriate behaviour.