The Ministry of Health has issued an infringement notice to a Dunedin eye surgeon for seeing patients while unvaccinated.
Dr Deepak Gupta was issued the notice for breaching clause 7 of the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccination) Order 2021, following complaints investigated by the Ministry. Health practitioners, including medical doctors, can only offer in person health services if they are vaccinated for COVID-19 in accordance with the Order.
The infringement notice has a fee of $4,000.
At the time of the offending, Dr Gupta was registered as a medical practitioner with the Medical Council of New Zealand. Dr Gupta’s registration was cancelled at his own request as at 25 January 2022, which means he is no longer able to practice as a medical practitioner in New Zealand.