Jenlain, a village of 1,100 inhabitants, no longer has a doctor. Dr. Grégory Pamart, suspended for refusing the Covid injection, sets out in his letter the reasons for his decision and explains that this law would force him to violate his freedom to dispose of his body.
Suspension for Refusal of Covid Injection
The doctor denounces a poor management of the health situation that, in particular, leads patients to refuse early treatment, although he himself has found that it can prevent cases from worsening and avoid “hospitalization”.
He was confronted by the mayor of the city in the department of North, Johan Dremaux. He deplored the situation and called on other doctors to replace Dr. Pamart. The elected official believes that a policy should be pursued to “return to the way we used to live.”
The mayor denounced an “irresponsible” act by Dr. Pamart, but acknowledged that he had no special medical knowledge. Johan Dremaux was elected in 2020: So this mayor, like many others, came in the middle of a health crisis and saw protocol after protocol against Covid.
Although he, too, is somewhat “reticent” about vaccines, the elected official explains that this epidemic is declining thanks to vaccination, and reminds us of the maxim “the freedom of some ends where the freedom of others begins.” For his part, Dr. Pamart defends this freedom:
“I don’t accept that I have to give up the freedom to dispose of my body in order to continue my work, I don’t accept the totalitarian idea that in the future medicine could detach itself from the free and informed consent of the patient.”
In a telephone conversation, he affirms that he wants to resume his practice as a physician and understands that there are different points of view in society:
“I claim that freedom, and there’s another choice, which is the legislature passing a law, and the choice to make it more difficult for the unvaccinated to exist.”
How does a Suspended Doctor live?
For patients, if I can go back to work tomorrow, I will. I hope legislators will reconsider this law and understand that we are not a danger to society. Who is more dangerous, the unvaccinated doctor who gets tested every three days, or the vaccinated doctor when it is now known that vaccination against covid does not protect against infection of others?
Dr. Pamart, father of four, refuses to get involved in personal disputes or a “war” that would force him to “choose sides,” explaining how a suspended doctor lives, “I do not complain materially, there are couples who work in factories and have fewer material resources.
A doctor often has more to live on, although the problem is that I still pay fees; not only do I not work anymore, I have to pay fees. But right now I’m doing well, I don’t need much in the way of material resources. And I’ve met so many extraordinary people that I tell myself there will always be people to help me.
Mr. Dremaux not only regrets the suspension, but also notes that the behavior already violated the recommendations to wear the mask at the beginning of the crisis: “Mr. Pamart had beatings in the supermarkets where they did not wear the mask.” We asked the doctor if this act was a provocation that could have hindered the dialogue in the village, and he replied that there was no question of provocation: “No, it is a matter of choice and personal need, since the beginning of the crisis I have a great need for truth and honesty.
I will not lie to myself or to my patients, even if it creates uncomfortable situations for me. As for masks, it all depends on how you approach the question. When it comes to the question of how to live and interact with others in society, it seems to me that not smiling is not a solution. I can’t live without smiling, the exchange with a patient starts with a smile, and I can’t do anything but keep smiling.
This may not go down well, but it is a testimony to the truth,” concludes Grégory Pamart.
Letter from Dr. Gregory Pamart to his Patients
My dear patients,
In the last year and a half, our society, our behaviors and our interactions have changed dramatically.
The focus of health authorities has rapidly shifted away from health in its lofty definition as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely freedom from disease or infirmity.”
On the contrary, by 2020, all so-called public health has ceased to be interested in the health of the individual, focusing only on a specific disease, ignoring conditions such as depression, malaise, isolation, suicide, decompensation of diabetes, aggravation of obesity…. The list, unfortunately, is still long.
Worse, in 2021, all the so-called public health action has ceased to be concerned only with this disease, and today vaccination, which is otherwise well worthy of criticism, seems to be an end in itself, a “necessity” that must be achieved “at any cost”.
This logic completely ignores the most important aspects of infection control. That is, all preventive and curative options, especially early treatment, which, as I have seen in the treatment of my patients, can avoid hospitalization in the vast majority of cases.
Even more serious than the strategic medical error are the new measures announced by the President of the Republic, which represent a major break with the concept of free and informed consent to any treatment. These measures aim to override free will, coerce the conscience, and ultimately harm the body.
I love my profession, and those who know me know that I have always tried to respect my patients’ choices. I am not asking you to understand or accept mine. In any case, know that every action I take is weighed. I am not immune to errors in judgment, but you can be assured of my sincerity, especially when I tell you that I have never put you in danger despite health recommendations.
I have never stopped believing that the role of the family doctor is to accompany, to support, to inform…. This role requires enough restraint to never try to impose our own ideas or to convince our patients.
Therefore, I do not accept that I have to give up the freedom to dispose of my body in order to continue practicing my profession, and I do not accept the totalitarian idea that tomorrow medicine could detach itself from the free and informed consent of the patient.
Nor do I accept that our health data should be collected in large national files and used by administrative agencies to punish those whom political authority has deemed undesirable.
A few weeks ago, I made the firm and difficult decision not to submit to mandatory vaccination. This means that I can no longer practice my profession as a general practitioner.
If you do not understand this decision, I hope you will trust me enough to accept that I may be wrong, but also that I may be right.
Some of you have told me that you are confused about “all that study for nothing.” You should know that even if I never practice general medicine again, I do not regret my calling at all. I have had the extraordinary opportunity to discover my patients as individuals in the intimacy of a genuine and sincere relationship.
During my 9 years of study and 6 years of practice, almost 3 of which I spent with you in Jenlain, I discovered treasures of humanity that I could not have seen in any other profession.
I believe that there is no other way to practice medicine than with love. And the more I practiced, the more I loved you. Each and every one of you. As the unique and wonderful beings that you are.
I fear that medicine is becoming a series of algorithms and protocols.
Everyone will judge by what just happened, the transgression of our humanity that they do not accept. Hiding our smile, not kissing anymore, letting grandma eat in the kitchen, signing a document to leave the house, getting a shot for work, lighting up the barcode to go to a restaurant, giving the kid a shot to go to the pool…. I don’t want to have to extend the list in a few months.
I am afraid of the emergence of a utopian society that fights “together against a disease” and negates the self-worth and individuality of each person. It prescribes a single outcome, a single path. It wants to squeeze every citizen into a job description. A society on the march against the dangers of life, at the price of difference, at the price of freedom of conscience, at the price of free disposal of our bodies…. At the price of love.
Today I am leaving my work. But I am not afraid. I trustfully leave myself to Providence, because I believe that we all have the possibility to change the world, according to our talents, our strength and our perseverance.
The ideal society is not based on a perfect social order, the ideal society starts simply with a smile, the will to welcome and take care of the other.
To take care of you, I must leave you with regret.
We will meet again soon.
Your always devoted.
Dr. Grégory Pamart