One of the chief physicians at the Bayreuth Clinic has spread numerous Nazi slogans on the Internet. In April 2021, the police approached him and searched his rooms. A year later, however, he is still allowed to practice – also because the hospital cannot throw him out.
The investigations against Peter B., chief physician at the Bayreuth Clinic, have been ongoing for more than a year. The accusation: The 58-year-old is said to have spread various Nazi slogans on social media. From photos and speeches by Hitler to swastikas, SS runes and anti-state comments, everything is said to have been there. But even in June 2022, the doctor is still allowed to practice. The “North Bavarian Courier” reports on this.
In the meantime, however, the investigations have led to a verdict. Peter B. was sentenced to 140 daily rates for incitement to hatred and the use of signs belonging to anti-constitutional organizations. Because you are considered a criminal record in Germany from 90 daily rates, the license to practice medicine is in danger. For this reason, B., who remained silent during the investigation, appealed the verdict.
Some of what the chief physician wrote was visible to everyone on the Internet. The fact that he made fun of the school books that deal with asylum, reacted ironically to articles on anti-Semitism, which was steadily worsening, or laughed at German immigration policy are just a few examples. But he is still allowed to work – before and after the investigations began and even after the first verdict was made.
According to the “North Bavarian Kurier”, it should not have been due to a lack of effort by the clinic. Immediately after the first allegations became known, the hospital tried to separate from B. – without success. This was not possible under labor law because the chief physician was a highly respected employee who had never been guilty of anything professional.
In addition, the clinic still does not know the exact allegations made because the investigation file remained closed to them. “We still have to speak of any misconduct,” says Frank Schmälzle, spokesman for the Bayreuth Clinic. Clinic boss Hans-Rudolf Raab is clear and says that you don’t want anyone in your ranks who spreads such things. But legally his hands seem to be tied.
This is different in terms of publicity. However, the other chief physicians at the clinic apparently did not receive any “explicit” instructions to distance themselves from B. This is confirmed by spokesman Schmälzle. As before, none of the 26 chief physician colleagues has commented on the case.
The newspaper also tried to speak to B. himself and asked him why he was silent on the allegations, did not apologize or distance himself and also why he had lodged an objection to the penalty order. There was no answer from the chief physician to the request.