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Dr Pat Morrissey — The Price of Truth

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Dr Pat Morrissey

Dr Pat Morrissey is a General Practitioner (GP) with a practice in Adare, Co. Limerick. He delivered a speech at an anti-lockdown rally in Dublin on October 3, 2020. At the rally he described Ireland’s National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) as “megalomaniac bureaucrats”. He said that coronavirus is “no longer a health emergency” and that people should “take back” the country. He also advocated for the use of drug hydroxychloroquine on “high-risk” COVID-19 patients.

He further had said that he had seen a lot of coronavirus patients, and stated: “For many, it is a mild illness but for some, I accept that it can be serious, especially for those with multiple co-morbidities, such as old age and obesity.”

At the rally he hit out at NPHET, stating that their definition of health meant “zero COVID”.

“I would argue that health is playing a match or cheering on your team from the stands. Health is getting married in and celebrating with those you love. Health is looking out on a sea of smiling maskless faces,” he said.

Asked if he was anti-mask, he said: “I am against mandatory masks in lower risk settings. So in clinical settings, I have no problem with masks. In places where there is unavoidable close contact over 15 minutes, I am okay with masks.”

“We must stop the Government’s heavy handedness and suppression of our hard fought freedoms. It suits them not to give them back. We went along with the Government strategy in March when we saw the chaotic scenes in Spain and Italy.

Now we know so much more. The curve has been well and truly flattened. The current measures are way more damaging to health than the risk of COVID they pretend to be protecting us from.”

Shortly afterwards as a response, Shannondoc (out of hours GP service for Limerick, Clare and Tipperary) removed him as chairman and as member of the board.

Transcript

Dr Pat Morrissey

Hi, Pat Morrissey is my name. I’m a GP I’ve been working here in Adare since 2004. I entered medicine and general practice specifically because I thought it was a good fit for my personality. I enjoy interacting with people. I enjoy the challenge of the job. I enjoy being part of a community and doing the best that I can develop my own local area. I am patriotic. I am proud Limerick man, as well, and I am delighted to be an important part of this community here in Adare.

With the advent of COVID, I was horrified and shocked by the scenes in Bergamo and Madrid as everyone else was. I took to researching how COVID was being managed in other countries. I listened to the authorities in this country and I did my best to adopt the policies and the protocols that I thought would best protect my patients.

In my reading, I learned about the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine and I saw how other countries specifically Sweden were managing COVID in their jurisdictions. We were asked to flatten -the-curve and I did everything that I could to help in this effort, including putting myself forward as a clinical lead for the first COVID hub in the Midwest area. I acted as a coordinator and I had to recruit and roster doctors in this facility.

And I saw the hard end of COVID – the patients that we saw there were, of all ages and some were quite sick and, but many of them were relatively okay, but very worried about being sick with COVID.

I was frustrated by my work in the home because I saw that there was an opportunity being missed to treat some of these identifiable vulnerable patients at an earlier stage in their illness. And I was sending the them on to hospital and I didn’t know what happened to them after they left me.

So I used the knowledge that I had to treat the patients that I had in my own practice and offer them the treatments that I knew would work to help them if they contracted COVID. And I operate in a practice where we do have a good relationships, with our patients, good trust, and this is the ideal place to offer this treatment to patients.

What started to concern me was the singular focus on COVID to the exclusion of all other health issues. I began to see as time went by more and more patients presenting with mental health issues, with deteriorating health due to inactivity. My older patients were presenting with what we would call deconditioning or increasing frailty, increasing falls.

And, these issues were not attended to at all in terms of the planning and the strategizing by NPHET, as well as this, I had increasing difficulties trying to work up patients in relation to cancer diagnosis and heart disease and diabetes. And these issues, as we all know are quite serious. And even though there is a timeline that we can operate in relation to these, if especially in relation to cancer, if things are not caught early, they will result in worse outcomes.

And there’s modeling. I saw the modeling done in the UK that showed that there’s something like 35,000 cancer diagnosis had been missed due to their lockdown. And I don’t know if the modeling has been done here in Ireland, but I’m sure that somebody someplace has done it.

And why is that not being talked about why is that not being dealt with, why are the screening programs not operating at the level that they were operating at before? This upset me and, you know, made me concerned that our strategy wasn’t holistic enough to look after the whole population. There’s much more to health than just COVID.

October 31, 2020

“What started to concern me was the singular focus on COVID to the exclusion of all other health issues. I began to see as time went by more and more patients presenting with mental health issues, with deteriorating health due to inactivity. My older patients were presenting with what we would call deconditioning or increasing frailty, increasing falls.”

Dr Pat Morrissey

General Practitioner, Adare Medical Centre

An opportunity arose for me to speak at the Health Freedom Ireland rally in Dublin on October the third, I was very happy to take part. As I was showing solidarity with my colleague Marcus Dr Brun. It also gave me an opportunity to talk about the issues that were concerning me in regarding to our national policy, to managing this crisis.

And I wanted to raise the issues that I saw were important because I felt that these issues weren’t being discussed in the proper fora and at least up in Doblin with the crowd and mic and speakers, I had an opportunity to say these things and be heard, Ireland’s NPHET fear mongering propaganda is getting sicker by the day. What am I asking for, for courage in those with integrity, if there’s any left in the media and eruptus, because there’s a better path for Ireland, a path that promotes all aspects of health and not just the absence of one disease. Thank you very much.

After I spoke at the rally, there was a storm of retribution against me. I had worked out some of the scenarios beforehand, and I realized that my position in ShannonDoc, the local out of hours cooperative [out of hours GP service for Limerick, Clare and Tipperary] was probably going to be unattainable.

What shocked me, however, was the speed at which they wanted to remove me. And the fact that I was removed from the board entirely as well. I had been a loyal servant to this organization for six years. And even though it some members of the board contacted me subsequently, uh, many were silent. And, uh, I suppose something like this helps you to understand where you really stand and who your friends are and who your, who your enemies are. Although maybe I shouldn’t characterize them as, as enemies, I suppose, people who are not on the same page in terms of what’s going on here, you know, there’s a lot more than just a virus.

October 31, 2020

“Ireland’s NPHET fear mongering propaganda is getting sicker by the day.”

Dr Pat Morrissey

General Practitioner, Adare Medical Centre

And even if it was just the virus, the reaction to is, is exaggerated. And, out of proportion, as I made the point at the rally in relation to TB [tuberculosis], we’ve gone through bigger public health issues here in Ireland, in the past, we haven’t crashed our economy and crushed our society to fight these challenges. So I think, people have lost the sense of perspective.

They’re buying into a narrative that’s too packaged and controlled, and there isn’t enough independent thinking. I’m just asking for people to have a debate, look at the evidence on a wider context. And, maybe we can come to a better solution. This is what I’m asking for. I’m not alone in struggling to find the truth about this virus and our reaction to it. It has been quite heartening since the rally and speaking out there that I’ve come in contact with a group of doctors who are also questioning that NPHET narrative.

These group of doctors we’ve come together. We’ve written a letter to the department of health and the [inaudible]. And there are other doctors who, even though they don’t have the confidence yet to put their name to a letter are linking with us, and this is nationwide. And so I feel that I have made an impact, and this has been quite heartening that, we are finally beginning to open this thing up and have this discussion.

And there are people in the media and in other disciplines, there’s economists that have spoken as well for a counter lockdown narrative. And, I think that this can only be good to have a broader discussion and this way we can get at the truth and find a better path for Ireland. This latest locked down strategy is destined to failure. It has no long-term strategy in mind, except the prospect of a vaccine that doesn’t yet exist.

October 31, 2020

“And even if it was just the virus, the reaction to is, is exaggerated. And, out of proportion… ”

Dr Pat Morrissey

General Practitioner, Adare Medical Centre

Why can’t we look at countries like Sweden and the state of Florida that have done away with lockdowns. Everybody knows about Sweden. Although they sometimes form a opinions that are not really based on fact, people say that they have had excess deaths, greater than what we’ve had in Ireland, but they don’t compare like with like. Sweden has a much older population. And when you do compare and contrast the demographics, they have done just as well as us without suffering any of the economic cost and damage that we have here.

At the same time their children have been at school. People have been working, people have been able to pay their bills. People have been able to socialize, play sport. And this now results in a country that has the lowest rate of COVID in Europe. This is an undeniable fact. My approach to bring this crisis to an end would be for NPHET to reappraise their strategy, to lock downs.

We need to take a more holistic view of health. In this country. We are ignoring too many facets of health from cancer to chronic disease, to the mental health tsunami that’s hitting us at the moment. These factors need to be brought into the equation.

We can see the success of Sweden. We can see the success of the state of Florida. That’s one month into a cessation of their lockdown measures. They are a perfect example in that they had locked down measures and they quashed them a month ago. And there has been no spike in cases, I’m talking about facts. I’m not talking about speculation that this might happen, or this could happen.

October 31, 2020

“children have been at school. People have been working, people have been able to pay their bills. People have been able to socialize, play sport.”

Dr Pat Morrissey

General Practitioner, Adare Medical Centre

Let’s look at what’s going on. In other parts of the world, we don’t have to keep banging our head off the wall.

I’m hoping that probably my stance and speaking out about COVID and how we are managing this crisis, that we would have a more open conversation that we’d adopt better strategy for all of us, my family, my children, the wider public, my community.

We deserve to get back the freedoms that we had only so recently, and especially thinking about my three teenage boys. And I think of what I was like when I was their age and the things that are used to do. So they deserve to have a youth. They deserve to make mistakes, fall in love, meet up with their friends, these things, they might seem minor, but they are really important informing young people. And I want my children have the same opportunities that I had, and I want them to live in a world that’s free and positive and open, so we can achieve our potential.

 

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