guy smiley wrote: ↑Thu Oct 21, 2021 6:55 am So says the head of the AMA (Aus Medical Association) Victoria...
The AMA Victoria president, Dr Roderick McRae, said those who do not believe Covid-19 is real or a threat should update their advanced care directives and inform their relatives that they do not wish to receive care in the public health system if diagnosed with the virus.But McRae, who is an intensive care physician and an anaesthetist, said health care workers were fatigued from lockdowns, Covid-19 outbreaks, and pressures on the health system, including staff shortages that existed before the pandemic.
“Within the public hospitals, the knees are knocking as restrictions ease, because the situation is stressed to the point that tents are going up outside of the public hospitals to facilitate the removal of ill patients from ambulances, so those ambulances can go and get the next patient,” he said.
Health workers would also be grappling in coming months with a backlog of patients who had been forced to delay their elective surgery because private hospitals and staff were being redirected to treat Covid patients.
“So these patients continue to suffer some pain or disability for a longer period of time, and they’re often patients who’ve been double vaccinated, they’re elderly, and they’ve done everything right, but their knee replacement is being delayed and the public hospital waiting lists are growing,” McRae said.
“We’re all juggling everything the best we can to avoid and prevent deaths. We know as we reopen it’s the unvaccinated who are going to get Covid, and they are going to get great hospital treatment with many new experimental drugs, even though they think the vaccine is ‘experimental’.
“A whole lot of these people are passionate disbelievers that the virus even exists. And they should notify their nearest and dearest and ensure there’s an advanced care directive that says, ‘If I am diagnosed with this disease caused by a virus that I don’t believe exists, I will not disturb the public hospital system, and I’ll let nature run its course’.”
Sounds pretty f-cking dumb if you ask me.
This whole thing is way to politicized and ideologically-based.
I don't think there's almost anyone at all who "doesn't believe in COVID". There are a lot of people - although somewhat a minority - who believe that various actions and laws are over-the-top and they'd prefer to take their chances.
That doesn't mean they think it doesn't exist. It doesn't mean they think it's impossible they could get sick. It's like crossing the road. You believe cars exist. You believe it would be bad if one hit you. But you'd rather take your chances rather than be so tightly controlled.
Also, I'm not saying I even agree with those people. Just I get their side of the argument, and it's not what is being outlined there.