13.01.22. It’s just as well the NCA reporter Liam Mendes declared that the subject of his article is indeed his uncle, although at the bottom of the second paragraph. Maybe Mr Mendes is unaware that the latest (within 24 hrs) Covid admissions into Australian hospitals are available for anyone to see—if it is to be included in the narrative. The gloom and doom of the Covid-19 pandemic has become the coveted talisman of acquiescent politicians. All through last year Queensland’s Premier terrified her citizens with lies about Covid patients clogging up hospital admissions preventing urgent “heart attack” victims from gaining admission. The premier sought to blame the federal government when it was she who mismanaged health funds. The truth is that Covid admissions were minimal and today there are 555 admissions, 30 in ICU and 8 on ventilator—see stats at bottom. Total deaths from Covid-19 in Queensland during the two-year pandemic is 11—eleven! The reporter writes that: NSW Health says half of all patients in intensive care with Covid-19 are unvaccinated, but 93 per cent of people in NSW have received two doses of vaccine.
If half the patients in ICU are “unvaccinated” that means half are vaccinated—a 50-50 chance of ending up in ICU, vaccinated or not? Hmmm! Also an important matter rarely addressed is whether the Covid victim died with or from Covid. Age and co-morbidities are ignored in the narrative. Also, death certificates According to the ABS are more than 30% are in error! MM wrote about that here.
Source: Liam Mendes, NCA
Covid-19: ‘Unvaccinated hogging hospital beds and ruining my life’, says Parkinson’s sufferer
As the Covid pandemic throws the nation’s healthcare system into crisis, Peter Boyce is facing the gravest battle of his life – all because he doesn’t have the virus.
The father-of-three has battled the ravages of Parkinson’s disease since being diagnosed 3½ years ago, and had already endured an agonising wait to undergo neurosurgery that would dramatically enhance the quality of his life.
Instead, the procedure has been indefinitely postponed after his hospital was overwhelmed by an influx of Covid-19 patients, many of whom chose not to be vaccinated. “These people really don’t understand how selfish they are, their decisions are having a direct impact on people like myself, it is just cruel,” Mr Boyce told The Australian. (Disclosure: Mr Boyce is my uncle.)
“I’m getting older, I want to be here for my grandchildren, and have some fun,” he says. “I’ve just retired so it is cruel in that sense.”
The needs of the unvaccinated have now become a more sinister threat than the tremors that have robbed the 64-year-old of a peaceful retirement. And he’s angry.
“Every day lost from having surgery is a day lost from my life that I can’t get back,” he said.
“The surgery gives me more better days for more years, but it has to be done now.”
With doctors and nurses forced into isolation, and the unvaccinated taking up scarce hospital beds, elective surgery was postponed last week in order to alleviate pressure on the hospital system.
My uncle needs Deep Brain Stimulation surgery to lessen the debilitating effects of the disease, which robs him of the ability to perform the activities of daily living such as walking, feeding, washing and dressing himself.
Successful surgery would put him in a position to lead a good quality of life for the next 10 to 15 years, rather than slowly falling victim to the degenerative brain disease which has already affected his memory and mobility.
With the clock now ticking, he believes he has become a victim of the unvaccinated. Day by day, he is closer to becoming ineligible for the operation that will allow him to continue a normal life.
His neurologist, Associate Professor Wesley Thevathasan, said it was frustrating that the unvaccinated – who he believes are suffering from “susceptibility to misinformation” – were reducing the availability of hospital beds.
“The window is open only for so long for people to get their elective surgery to improve their function, their quality of lives, their life expectancy,” the neurologist of 15 years said. “The window does close, and so there is a risk that some patients may never be able to receive their surgery if it is deferred for too long.
Infectious diseases expert Peter Collignon of the Australian National University said a disproportionate amount of unvaccinated patients in hospital with Covid-19 was one of the reasons elective surgeries like Mr Boyce’s were being put on hold.
In Victoria, the health department is unable to provide a breakdown of hospitalisation and ICU rates of unvaccinated and vaccinated Covid-19 patients. However, fewer than 2.4 per cent of people admitted to hospital with Covid-19 in NSW from June 16 to December 25 last year were fully vaccinated.
NSW Health says half of all patients in intensive care with Covid-19 are unvaccinated, but 93 per cent of people in NSW have received two doses of vaccine.
Mr Boyce doesn’t understand why he has to give up his position in a hospital to someone who has elected not to be vaccinated.
“Imagine if somebody said, ‘I really prefer driving on the other side of the road, so I’m going to do that and you can all adjust around that and change the rules to suit me’. But here we are letting them drive on the wrong side of the road.”