German practitioner jailed after handing out medical exceptions to more than 4,000 people she had not examined during the pandemic.
A German doctor has been sent to prison and banned from practising after she gave medical exceptions to mask-wearing rules to thousands of people she hadn’t examined.
A court in the town of Weinheim in southern Germany found the 58-year-old doctor guilty, in more than 4,000 cases, of handing out fake doctor’s notes to people who refused to wear medical masks during the pandemic.
In most cases she neither met the people in person nor examined their medical records, the court found.
Her actions were “more reminiscent of a sale than a medical procedure,” the court found.
As well as sentencing her to jail, the court ordered her to pay a fine of €28,000 and banned her from practising her profession for a three-year period.
In Germany, people convicted of less serious crimes, or crimes where there is not an overriding public interest, have a right to have their names kept out of press reports.
Doctor ‘acted for ethical reasons’
During the trial, the doctor’s legal team had argued that masks are harmful to human health and said that her client had acted for ethical reasons.
“There are things that you don’t need to examine. If you take away my ability to breathe you don’t need a physical check-up to confirm that,” lawyer Beate Bahner told broadcaster ARD outside the courthouse.
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