“Certain steps have been taken against six doctors… sanctions range from a warning and a reprimand to the revocation of the licence,” Krešimir Luetić said in an interview with the Sunday issue of the Novi List daily.
Asked if such doctors should have their licences revoked, Luetić said the HLK’s Ethics Board was an independent body that would make its decision.
Doctors embittered by protests against COVID-19 certificate mandate
Asked about his view of the protests against epidemiological restrictions, vaccination and testing, Luetić said that he shared his fellow doctors’ resentment about the protests.
He said that after the protest held in Zagreb last weekend, he was contacted by dozens of colleagues who were embittered as the event was in direct violation of epidemiological restrictions but also because of the messages that could be heard at the rally.
95% of doctors vaccinated
Asked about the fact that among the protesters there were also doctors and that not all protesters were uneducated people, Luetić said that he was shocked by the fact that any intellectual, particularly a doctor, would make comments that were not based on science, medical profession and statistics.
He noted, however, that around 95% of doctors had been vaccinated against coronavirus, thus showing their view of the pandemic and vaccination.
Speaking of vaccination, Luetić recalled that the HLK had already taken the position that vaccination should be mandatory in the health system.
As for the mandatory vaccination of the general population, which Austria has already opted for and some other European countries are considering, Luetić said that it would be a political decision.
“As a doctor and from the point of view of the medical sector, I think such a decision would definitely make the situation in the health system easier, and reduce the number of seriously ill people and fatalities,” he said.
If you compare countries like Croatia, Belgium, Austria and the Netherlands, you see that they have roughly the same number of daily infections per million inhabitants, however, compared to Croatia, those three countries have three times fewer hospitalisations and up to five times fewer fatalities, Luetić stressed.
“That is a clear indicator of how important vaccination is, and as to whether our citizens understand that, I think the answer is both yes and no,” he said.
For more about Croatia, CLICK HERE.