Irish Nurses for Transparency & Openness Conference on M-Compass Media – 30 Oct 2021 – click here for video
“BEST PRACTICE HAS BEEN THROWN OUT THE WINDOW. THERE’S NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE WHAT’S HAPPENING”, NURSES TELL RURAL INDEPENDENT GROUP AT INFTO MEETING
Members of the Irish Nurses for Transparency and Openness (INFTO) held a meeting this afternoon attended by members of The Dáil Rural Independent Group led by Deputy Mattie McGrath.
Among the issues highlighted by the nurses who gave personal testimonies at the meeting, is the alarming increase in the number of patients they are dealing with of all ages presenting in hospitals around the country with serious complications, such as myocarditis, aneurysms and clotting disorders.
The clotting disorders appear to be more prevalent in the legs and lungs of presenting patients.
The TDs were told that the current voluntary system of reporting vaccine injuries to the HPRA is cumbersome, time consuming and not fit for purpose.
It’s taking up to an hour for a nurse who is already under huge time constraints to file a report about an adverse reaction to a vaccine onto the online platform.
In its September 9th safety update, the HPRA were notified of a total of 14,844 reports of suspected side effects post Covid-19 vaccination including 86 Suspected Deaths.
Dr. Anna Clarke from the HSE national immunisation office has stated that 1-10% of adverse events following immunisation are reported. Up to 99% are not reported.
A nurse working in a facility for elderly & physically and mentally disabled patients, all of whom are wheelchair bound, witnessed vaccination of the residents without informed medical consent, either from the patients themselves or from the patients’ next of kin.
She said that she examined the individual patient files and found that there was a failure to accurately report or record vaccinations administered to some patients in their medical records by the vaccinating team who came into the facility.
One nurse spoke about her personal experience of being removed from her position as a highly specialised nurse in an ICU in a well known hospital to do random paper work because she is not vaccinated. She says that her former position has not been filled and this has placed further intolerable strain on her colleagues working in the unit.
All of the nurses who spoke claim that best practice has been done away with and the level of patient care in some hospitals and some residential units has deteriorated to an alarming extent.
One nurse describing her experience in the hospital where she currently works said “best practice has been thrown out the window. There’s no words to describe what is happening.”
The meeting was attended by a senior HSE executive who gave some details of a protected disclosure made in August that has not been acknowledged.
Following the nurses testimonies the TDs gave their responses to what they heard.
Deputy Richard O’Donoghue says he knows countless people who had no adverse reactions to the Covid vaccines.
However, he has been consulted by a number of constituents who had an adverse reaction and nobody in the health sector will listen to them.
He also stated that he has concerns that some people received the vaccine under duress.
He said nobody should be coerced into taking a vaccine nor should they be segregated on the basis of vaccine status.
He said that vaccination should always be a private matter between a person and their GP.
Deputy Michael Healy-Rae outlined the importance of face-to-face meetings.
While he has to decline many invitations to meetings, this was one meeting that he was very happy to attend to get a firsthand insight into what’s happening in hospitals and residential homes.
He said that he was very disappointed to learn that there had been no acknowledgement of the protected disclosure.
He says if the protected disclosure system is to work, people who have the courage to come forward must feel satisfied that it was worthwhile and they got a fair hearing.
He said that society at large will suffer if people making protected disclosures walk away feeling that it was a waste of time.
Deputy Michael Collins spoke about the vilification in mainstream media and also on social media of anyone who speaks about people being sick after the Covid vaccine. He says that as soon as you mention it you are immediately labelled as an “anti-vaxer”.
He says that this is very unfair because it leaves people who have been adversely affected by the vaccine without a voice, they are silenced.
He said that up to this point mainstream media has promoted Covid vaccines but now as the evidence grows that some people have been adversely affected, they are failing to report on this matter.
Deputy Mattie McGrath reiterated the points made by Deputy Healy Rae, saying it is “unbelievable” that there’s been no acknowledgement yet of the protected disclosure.
He assured the nurses present that he will be raising their concerns in the Dáil and he promised them the support of the Rural Independent Group going forward.
Speaking to M-Compass Media after the meeting, all four Deputies said they had no difficulties with what they had to say at the meeting being reported and entering the public domain.
They reiterated once again that their desire to be a voice for those who currently have no voice and to seek justice for the people who have fallen foul of the health system is immensely greater than concerns they may have about vilification by some mainstream journalists and social media commentators.