A Melbourne doctor filmed boasting about exempting 600 children from vaccinations “must be stopped”, Victoria’s acting health minister says.
Dr John Piesse has been filmed speaking at a Melbourne anti-vaccination rally about how he gets children exemptions from compulsory vaccinations.
The Herald Sun reports he is one of three Melbourne doctors being investigated by the Victorian Health Department and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
But acting Health Minister Martin Foley said it was “not good enough” that Dr Piesse was still being investigated after concerns were raised about him in August 2016.
“It is deeply disappointing and concerning that after 12 months an investigation into Dr Piesse’s practice has not yet been concluded by AHPRA,” Mr Foley said on Thursday.
“By failing to vaccinate their children, parents are putting their kids and others in our community at risk of terrible diseases or death.
“Practitioners who pedal lies and misinformation about immunisation are a menace and put the health and safety of children at great risk – they must be stopped.”