Alleged Fake Doctors Charged

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The two men being investigated for breaches to the medical laws have been charged for carrying out a circumcision without being registered or licensed to do so.

They are Chiropractor Patrick Matthew of Gunthropes and Operating theatre technician Arnold Joseph of Cassada Gardens.

The men appeared before magistrate N’gaio Emmanuel-Edwards who granted each of them bail in the sum of 10 thousand dollars with a 5 thousand dollar cash component.

As part of the bail conditions and must report to the Coolidge Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday between the hours of 6 am and 6pm. They must also surrender all their passports to the court.

According to reports, the medical procedure was carried out on the 5th and 8th of April, 2015 at Gunthropes in St Peter, with Joseph allegedly involved only on the second day.

The return to court on the 24th of July.

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  1. His Excellency Ambassador Patrick Matthews is one of the county’s ambassador. I hope that the government move quickly to withdraw his diplomatic status until such time he is cleared of these charges.

    If my mind serves me well there has been a long battle between this gentleman and the Antigua & Barbuda Medical Association about whether or not he should be issued a Medical License to practice here. I know that he is a Physical Therapist and operates a clinic at Gunthropes.

    Physical therapists (PTs) are movement experts who optimize quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care, and patient education.

    Physical therapists teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition so that they will achieve long-term health benefits. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

    All physical therapists receive a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from an accredited physical therapist educational program before being allowed to practice.

    Whether such persons are qualified as a medical doctor is debatable and herein lies the issues. Should he perform surgeries?

  2. The article has several inaccuracies, including a misleading headline. Justice will prevail. And these two fine gentlemen that have done many acts of love and kindness to uplift health care in Antigua will hopefully be able to clear their names.

  3. Is he a surgeon? No. There are fully fledged doctors who would never perform surgery on their patients as they are not surgeons. Patrick Matthew is not a General Practioner, he is a Physical Therapist, end of story.

  4. He should not be performing any sort of Surgeries,he is a Chiropractor-they are not considered medical Doctors.. My question-why did the Parent of the child seek out a Chiropractor to perform Surgery on their child? Had the procedure not gone bad would they have exposed him? Probably not the first he did,he could have been introduced to the parent by someone else whom he did it for ,maybe less expensive than a real surgeon-only that this time he messed up.

  5. “All physical therapists receive a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) ” — WRONG. Some programs only award a Masters and others a Certificate to practice after 3yrs at a Ploytechnic PT school without a Bachelors or Masters. In the US there is a movement away from Masters and solely to a Doctorate in PT (DPT) which is NOT a medical license.

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