Remarks: Martyn Iles talks about the travesty of the medical boards treatment of Dr Jereth Kok 22 AUG 2019 Suspended From Practice; Recently Lost appeal VCAT “In The Public Interests” His Crime They Didn’T Like His Opinion On Social Issues FULL STORY HERE: https://www.4cmitv.com/2020/04/11/2020-apr-09-martyn-iles-the-travesty-of-the-medical-boards-treatment-of-dr-jereth-kok/
THE FACTS ARE
THERE WAS NO:
■ No Defined Complaint
■ No Identifiable Harm
■ No Illegal Act
■ No Provable Impact On The Medical Profession
■ No Tangible Result
■ No Causal Connect To Wrong Doing
THERE IS A:
□ A Might
□ A May
□ A Arguably
□ A Potionably
We (The Medical Board and VCAT) did not like his political views so we have ruined his livelihood …
ACL will stand with him and pursue this in the highest courts
Family Voice Headlines:
THE MEDICAL BOARD FALSELY DEFAMES A FAMILY DOCTOR
The headline from Australian Doctor (2/4/20) reads, “GP suspended for ‘endorsing genocide’ on social media”.
Free speech is one thing; incitement to violence is another. If Melbourne GP Jereth Kok has used social media to endorse genocide, then the decision by the Medical Board of Australia to suspend his registration is justified. If he has done no such thing, then the Board has acted disgracefully, wrongfully defaming Dr Kok and destroying his medical career.
We can judge for ourselves which is the guilty party.
Below is the one and only post in which Dr Kok refers to genocide, of the thirty or so posts presented by the Board to the recent Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal appeal. Dr Kok shared this dossier of posts with a couple of support people last year and I can confirm that this is his only statement alluding to genocide.
Context is everything. Kok is commenting in 2012 on an article by Christian social commentator Bill Muehlenberg entitled, “When Aid Money becomes Killing Money”. Muehlenberg objected to the Australian Labor Government joining other Western governments in funding abortions in poor countries. He argued that “what we really have is coercive utopians from the West working overtime to decimate the populations of poor overseas nations” and quoted a pro-life leader from the US characterising such policies as “population control aimed at poor dark-skinned women”.
The staunchly pro-life Dr Kok posted this bitterly ironic comment:
Thanks to “family planning”, developed nations (Europe, Japan, North America) are in steep decline and are facing an impending financial and economic crisis that comes with an aged population.
See for example what is happening in Japan: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12296077
Soon, our civilisations will be vanquished, and the Earth will be overrun by Black people. The solution is clear: we must take “family planning” to poor countries and exterminate them before it is too late!
Anybody with a reading age above 12 can tell, in context, that this is irony, a rhetorical device by which Kok scorns the decadent West for exporting its culture of death to poor countries. The Medical Board, however, asserts the exact opposite: that Dr Kok’s comment is an endorsement of genocide! Incredibly, the VCAT agrees, headlines come out about Kok endorsing genocide and both his reputation and career are trashed.
How can the Medical Board of Australia perpetrate such an absurd injustice? The Board has gravely defamed this GP and owes him an immediate apology and public retraction.
David van Gend is a GP in Toowoomba
Family Voice Headlines:
MELBOURNE DOCTOR SUSPENDED OVER CHRISTIAN BELIEFS
A well-respected GP was stood down from medical practice last year over sharing Christian beliefs online.
The married father of two who posted pro-life, pro-traditional marriage and transgenderism-critical views on his personal Facebook page and Christian websites has been forced to live from savings and the generosity of friends after his licence to practice was suspended indefinitely.
Dr Jereth Kok, a general practitioner, was suspended indefinitely in August 2019 after the Medical Board of Australia concluded an investigation questioning whether he had provided sub-standard care to LGBT people.
There have been no formal complaints about Jereth’s treatment of patients in his 11 years as a GP.
The VCAT decision states: “No evidence was placed before us to show that in his actual practice Dr Kok has not endeavoured to protect and promote the health of individuals and the wider community. No evidence was placed before us to show that when consulting with his patients, Dr Kok does compromise their best interests.”
In a bizarre twist, the complaints were made by unknown identities which the Board did not reveal to Jereth.
The Medical Board paid a company to compile a dossier, containing thousands of pages of material from online posts he made in the last 10 years.
The Human Rights Law Alliance responded on Jereth’s behalf stating he had not failed to provide professional medical care to anyone and that he had a right to express his beliefs.
This is not the first time this has happened. At least half a dozen pro-traditional marriage or pro-life doctors have faced persecution from the Medical Board of Australia since 2017.
Human Right Law Alliance: hrla.org.au
(4 pages PDF)
DOCTORS UNDER THREAT – THE CASE OF DR JERETH KOK
Family Voice Headlines:
DOCTOR SUSPENDED: WHEN WRITING FOR ETERNITY IS A THOUGHT CRIME
Jereth Kok is a hard working GP in Melbourne’s suburbs. That is, until he was suspended by the Medical Board of Australia for social media posts and an Eternity article.
A hearing before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) has upheld the Medical Board of Australia’s suspension of doctor Kok. The Board engaged consultants to trawl through years of Kok’s posts, coming up with thousands of pages of material according to Christian Blogger Bill Muehlenberg whose site got caught up in the case – that was whittled down to 30 examples for the tribunal case, which included the Eternity article.
Kok, a Christian who is a cultural conservative, was accused of “Denigrating, demeaning and slurring medical practitioners” who had different views on:
• Terminations of pregnancy
• Gender dysphoria
• Commentary expressing and encouraging views regarding LGBQTI persons “contrary to accepted medical practice” and/or is “demeaning”.
The Board argued that it was in the public interest to suspend Kok. This is an interim stage – they could remove his right to practice medicine in future.
“The Board submitted that Dr Kok’s published statements are egregious and reflect a lack of the integrity, ethics and compassion required of a medical practitioner”, the VCAT Judgment notes.
This says the Board calls into question his suitability to hold registration as a medical practitioner.
The Board emphasises that the reputation of the profession, and the standards to which the profession is held, must be maintained. In order to retain public confidence, the public must see the regulator seeking to maintain those standards.”
Kok has been a GP for 11 years with no formal complaints from patients during that time. VCAT notes “No evidence was placed before us to show that in his actual practice Dr Kok has not endeavoured to protect and promote the health of individuals and the wider community. No evidence was placed before us to show that when consulting with his patients, Dr Kok does compromise their best interests.”
The Eternity article the board objected to, “A medical perspective on Transgender”, formed part of a series that teased out the balanche between grace and truth on that subject. It started with a piece by Tess Delbridge a former Eternity staffer “Gender bending? Transgender not as black and white as you might think”.
“We need a lens through which we can see the feelings of others, accept those feelings as real and true for them, without releasing from our grasp the biblical authority to interpret and interrogate those same feelings,” she argued.
(In an rare editorial note I pointed out that “It does not suggest you encourage someone to be transgender or to let feelings trump the Word of God”).
Because I knew that some people might want to strike a more conservative note.
Jereth Kok wrote his response. “I agree with [Delbridge] that our engagement with the complex issue of transgenderism must be a careful, educated one; not blunt or dismissive.” he went on to make the case that “At a fundamental level, our maleness and femaleness goes all the way down to the level of our individual cells,” suggesting that accepting transgender identity is “unkind”. Eternity negotiated some cuts to that article. In turn, Justine Toh from the Centre for Public Christianity wrote a response in Eternity A little empathy, please, on the issue of transgender.
Eternity does not endorse Kok’s online comments in general – he told the VCAT that he was aware some of them caused offence. Some ten years of them were reviewed by the Medical Board’s consultants according to the VCAT case summary,
While VCAT points out that “It will be for later disciplinary investigations/proceedings to determine conclusively whether or not Dr Kok’s conduct warrants final disciplinary action” it acknowledges that “We also understand that whilst immediate action is temporary, it frequently remains in place for lengthy periods.” In other words. Kok’s patients should not expect him back soon.
While holding that “It is possible that ultimately Dr Kok will be found to be an individual with strong views who is also first and foremost a committed health practitioner. It may be possible for two personas to live within the one body” it expresses a firm view that
“Nevertheless, we have no doubt that Dr Kok should cease posting on social media.”
Kok is a slightly built, mild mannered Chinese Doctor. Nevertheless he bears comparison to Israel Folau – with much more orthodox Christian views.
The VCAT Decision Can Be Read Below:
Kok v Medical Board of Australia (Review and Regulation)  VCAT 405 (27 March 2020)
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