Bureaucrats silence our doctors

Bureaucrats silence our doctors. By Ramesh Thakur. Most of this material has appeared on the Wentworth Report before, but this is a well-written summary and synthesis.

Efforts to control the pandemic narrative began with a systematic suppression of any suggestion that it might have originated in a research lab of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, then moved on to denigrate, silence and smear critics of lockdowns, masks and vaccine efficacy and mandates. [And ivermectin]

Bureaucrats rule over doctors, enforced by the power of the state:

A bill up for debate in the Queensland parliament on October 11 takes censorship to another level. If successful, it will fundamentally reshape the relationship between doctors, patients and health regulators.

The Australian Medical Network says under the new law “health bureaucrats will determine how doctors should approach treatment recommendations for their patients”, and health regulators will be given “the power to sanction doctors for expressing their professional opinion based on their assessment of the best available science”.

California’s legislature has just passed a similar law empowering the state’s medical board to revoke the licence of physicians who express opinions “contradicted by contemporary scientific consensus to the standard of care”.

So now it’s official. They have outlawed opinions.

Having overturned 100 years of settled science and policy orthodoxy on pandemic management with Covid, we are on the cusp of revolutionising the everyday practice of medicine by subordinating the professional judgment of doctors on the best treatment options for their patients to the directives of bureaucrats and health regulators. …

Who’d want to be a doctor now, told how to do your job by political idiots under the thrall of industry lobbyists?

But, you might point out, the bureaucrats are inconsistent and just got it massively wrong:

Let’s look at the practical implications of this in relation to the vexed issue of vaccines for young people. Denmark and Norway have banned Covid vaccines for healthy under-50s/65s. On September 30, Sweden announced an end to vaccine recommendations for 12 to 17-year-olds from November 1. All three have excellent public health infrastructure and aggressively promote best-practice public health measures. Yet our own Therapeutic Goods Administration has approved vaccines for children aged six months to five years. The four countries cannot all be “following the science”. …

An article in Vaccine suggests that, for Moderna and Pfizer vac­cines, added risks of serious adverse events are 2.4/4.4 times higher than the reduced risk of hospitalisation. In a follow-up note, two of the authors note that the manufacturers’ clinical trials showed 125 adverse events per 100,000 vaccinated people, while preventing between 22 to 63 hospitalisations.

Another study in preprint by US, Canadian and British scientists estimates that to prevent one Covid hospitalisation in 18 to 29-year-olds, 22,000 to 30,000 of them must be boosted. But for every one hospitalisation prevented, there are 18 to 98 serious adverse events: a net expected harm.

Another new study of almost 900,000 children aged five to 11 in North Carolina, in the New England Journal of Medicine, adds to concerns that vaccines don’t just rapidly lose effectiveness; they might also be destroying natural immunity against reinfection.

Among children who had been infected by the Delta variant and didn’t get vaccinated, protection against reinfection fell from 95 per cent in September last year to 53 per cent at the end of May this year. In infected children who were also vaccinated, effectiveness had fallen to zero by May. The likely, albeit not definitive, explanation is that the vaccines themselves are damaging natural immunity. …

Using British data, [British cardiologist Aseem Malhotra] estimates the risk of a Covid death in 12 to 15-year-olds is one in 76,000, against the risk of myocarditis of one in 27,000: nearly three times more. The number needed to vaccinate to prevent just one Covid death against the Delta variant reflects the steep age-segregated risk profiles, from 230 for over-80s to 93,000 for 18 to 29-year-olds. Against this, the risk of myocarditis ranges in different studies from one in 6000 to one in 2700 for 12 to 27-year-old males, once again demonstrating net harm. …

Meanwhile, many of the claims advanced in support of the vaccines — that they stop infection and transmission, and prevent severe illness and death — have had to be abandoned one after another, but were never “fact-checked” by social media platforms. Moreover, people who die inside 14 days of a vaccine dose are classified as “unvaccinated”. This distorts the statistics on the net harm-benefit balance to an indeterminate degree. …

So medieval:

For health bureaucrats and regulators to claim a monopoly on scientific truth is scandalous. The effort to shut down legitimate debates on pain of excommunication from the medical profession represents a clear and present danger to public health.

Rolling back the enlightenment and the scientific method, one step at a time. The political and bureaucratic class is making a comeback, and taking over once more. Stagnation and poverty ahead. Two hundred years in the Sun is coming to an end.

UPDATE: Florida has just recommended against covid vaccines for all males under 40. Whose bureaucrats do we believe? They can’t all be right.

Only three quarters of the population to go.

hat-tip David Archibald