I mark in every face I meet
Marks of weakness, marks of woe
– William Blake in ‘London‘
Are waged medical staff in the public hospital system middle class (are their interests separate from the workers and marginalised people whom they treat)? Of course many doctors, physios, psychologists and other professionals run their own businesses and so they are by definition petit bourgeois and their class interests may be different from the bulk of their patients.
Many Australian doctors and other health professionals consider the lockdown measures to be disproportionate, unscientific, excessively authoritarian and the cause of widespread suffering for many Victorians.
Thereby, we Australian Doctors and Health Professionals, in solidarity with thousands of international doctors, call for the cessation of all disproportionate measures that contravene the International Siracusa Principles.” – Statement of the Australian Covid Medical Network Ltd, Monday 5th October 2020 @ https://covidmedicalnetwork.com/about-covid-medical-network/declaration-statement.aspx
I am sorry, but this statement flies in the face of established medical practice. I am not saying this is good, nor am I saying it is bad.
By and large, the state of Victoria has simply been following the medical model. Measures taken are a standard medical response to pandemics.
Moreover recent statements outside the Victorian parliament by anti-vaxxers suggest Covid 19 measures are somehow the exception and that there is some kind of medical conspiracy afoot.
Lockdown, masks, quarantine, border restrictions are standard medical measures taken during pandemics for over 100 years.
The badly named Spanish Flu claimed more lives than Covid-19 (they didn’t have vaccines then) but similar measures were put in place by Queensland state ministers at odds with the Federal government in Canberra.
When I was studying Medicine these preventative measures were part of courses in established preventative medicine. I am not saying I totally agree with them, I am just saying that if the doctors are truly concerned about the measures be taken they need to adopt systemic changes within their profession and to take a critical approach to the medical model itself.
“The Corona Investigative Committee was founded on July 10, 2020 by four lawyers in order to determine, through hearing expert testimony of international scientists and other experts: 1. How dangerous is the virus really? 2. What is the significance of a positive PCR test? 3. What collateral damage has been caused by the corona measures, both with respect to the world population’s health, and with respect to the world’s economy?” – see https://www.aeginagreece.com/aegina-island/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Transcript-testimony-Reiner-Fuellmich-.pdf
I do not think lawyers can sensibly answer these questions, this is a medical problem not a legal one.
“Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust at the end of 2020 called the shots in the proclamation of the worldwide corona pandemic, and made sure that mass PCR tests were used to prove mass infections with Covid-19 all over the world, and then pushed for vaccines to be invented and sold worldwide.” See https://www.aeginagreece.com/aegina-island/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Transcript-testimony-Reiner-Fuellmich-.pdf
Neither Bill Gates nor Leon Musk run the world, not yet, anyway.
One comrade says: “It’s a political and societal issue as well as a medical one. The Australian Covid Medical Network doctors make that clear in their 7 recommendations (below).
It’s a political and societal issue as well as a medical one. The Australian Covid Medical Network doctors make that clear in their 7 recommendations.
I agree, but it is matter that most affects aboriginal people, workers, migrants and refugees from war torn countries and marginalised people … where is there voice in the current debate? In 1919 Torres Strait Islanders were hit hard by the pandemic. Now aboriginal people in the NT are being hit by Covid-19. Where is there voice other than being filtered through concerns expressed on the ABC by well meaning journos.
“In light of these concerns we (the doctors) respectfully call for the following seven actions:
- An open, honest and transparent discussion with the general public, with easily accessible information made available about the evidence and underlying assumptions used to inform decisions about the management of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak. This should include, in particular, the evidence to justify the grave impacts on children and adolescents as well as clear estimates of the broader health and socio-economic costs and impacts
- More collaboration and engagement with a broader range of medical specialists, other healthcare professionals and a diverse group of interdisciplinary leaders who can inform and assist in responding to the growing public health and socio-economic crisis we are witnessing, especially among the young, the disadvantaged and the vulnerable in our community.
- An urgent review of the role of State of Emergency and State of Disaster powers in the management of public health issues and crises, with consideration given to how other more democratic approaches could be utilised in the future
- An urgent review of the general management of pandemics in Australia, including an examination of the need for better communication, coordination and collaboration between State and Federal Governments. There is also an urgent need to establish clear and well-defined ‘stand-down’ parameters, in case of ‘false alarms’ or when it becomes foreseeable or evidential that the harms of the controlling policies are greater than the direct health impacts, or fatal potential, of the disease under consideration.
- Consideration of the Commonwealth Government taking on greater responsibility and a more central role in organising and implementing a coherent and effective nationwide response in the management of future pandemics and national public health crises.
- Consideration of an international initiative to create reliable and effective ‘early warning systems’ which would deliver accurate assessments of the dangers and realities of emerging pandemics, and would assist in more considered and proportionate responses to bio-security threats in the future.
- Finally, we implore the governments of Australia, state and federal, to be ever mindful of the balance between loss of freedoms and basic rights and the promotion of public health, never losing sight of the potential for collateral harms to exceed the effects of the disease being managed.
24 Nov 2021
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