Lake Macquarie doctor who issued hundreds of vaccine exemptions suspended

A doctor from the NSW Central Coast who allegedly issued hundreds of exemptions from COVID-19 vaccinations has been suspended by the Medical Council of NSW.

A spokesperson for the Medical Council confirmed it had suspended the medical registration of Lake Macquarie practitioner Anthony John Evans on October 28.

A doctor has been suspended for allegedly issuing hundreds of vaccine exemption certificates.

A doctor has been suspended for allegedly issuing hundreds of vaccine exemption certificates. Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

“The decision took effect immediately. The council has taken this regulatory action in order to protect the health and safety of the public and to maintain confidence in the medical profession.

The council has written to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, which has recorded the suspension on the online public register of practitioners,” the spokesperson said.

Dr Evans was interviewed by police earlier this month, and was referred to the state’s Health Care Complaints Commission, after telling police he had issued 400 vaccine exemptions, with another 300 to be written.

When the Herald attempted to contact Dr Evans, a voicemail recording said exemptions were no longer being issued.

“We are no longer answering the phone as we are recovering from the ordeal of the last month,” the voice message, in a woman’s voice, said.

“If you are calling about an exemption from vaccines, we are no longer able to provide these.”

The 84 year-old recently came back to the workforce and was registered as part of the “temporary pandemic response sub-register”, which fast-tracked the return of experienced health practitioners to provide a surge capacity.

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