The rumor mill in Wemding (5800 inhabitants) in the Swabian district of Donau-Ries (Bavaria) has been simmering for a long time.
For the practice of general practitioner Dr. Gerhard Holst (71) regularly parked cars from far away, reports the “Schwäbische Zeitung”. Queues of visitors would also have formed in front of the door. After several reports, the detective came into action on Wednesday: raid on the doctor’s practice and private rooms. The suspicion: corona vaccination certificates have been issued, but no vaccination has been carried out.
The Donau-Ries district office decided on Friday to take a drastic step. To warn patients, it published the doctor’s full name and the address of his practice. “Due to ongoing studies, there is a risk that the vaccinated patients there will not be adequately vaccinated.” The vaccination certificates are currently no longer valid. There is a risk of criminal penalties when used. Sebastian Völkl, head of the Bavarian State Medical Association’s district association, assumes that there are “at least several hundred patients”.
Until further notice, Dr. Get is out of patients. The announcement of the telephone and a DIN A4 sheet of paper on the practice door reads: “The practice is closed for health reasons.”
By the way, the Donau-Ries district has not only existed since Dr. Holst a problem with vaccination. The percentage of fully vaccinated individuals is currently 58.5 percent, well below the national average (just under 65 percent). Several retirement homes are currently registering corona outbreaks and complaining about the low willingness of health care providers to vaccinate.
What are the consequences for the doctor?
“What he could certainly lose is his health insurance license if the violations now in the room are proven,” Völkl’s medical chief told BamS. The Bavarian Ministry of Health would have to decide whether he would also lose his license to practice medicine – that is, permission to work as a doctor at all.
The doctor can also have criminal consequences. “If the name and address have already been released, it can be assumed that the public prosecutor is very sure of the level of suspicion,” Paul Czakert (33), lawyer and criminal lawyer at the Berlin law firm Gansel Rechtsanwälte, told BamS.
For the penalty, the professionalism with which they acted, whether the offenses served as a source of income and whether the criminal offenses led to contamination are decisive factors. It depends on whether the doctor can be fined or whether the prison sentence of up to two years for forging documents has been exhausted. The lawyer: “If negligent bodily harm can also be proven to the doctor, the penalty is up to three years in prison and in the case of intentional bodily injury or complicity even up to five years.”