Lincoln National attributes its consequent operating losses to “non-pandemic-related morbidity”. In other words a lot of people are becoming seriously ill and it is not due to Covid infection.
Back here in New Zealand, Stuff reported yesterday:
“District health boards say specialist shortages mean they are unable to provide safe, quality care to patients, with one board saying it needs 50% more doctors to keep up with demand.”
Staff are reporting exhaustion and overloaded wards, especially cardiac and respiratory wards.
The Hon. Little, health minister, fully justified his name by laying much of the blame for the crisis on the flu season which hasn’t yet arrived—due later in June and July.
Mr. Little is apparently never one to shrink away from the notion of backwards causation in time.
The NZ Herald headlined yesterday—our ‘whole health system is falling to bits’.
“New data, released under the Official Information Act, revealed nearly 3000 patients waited longer than six hours to be treated at New Zealand’s busiest ED last month.”
Mr. Little didn’t mention that he sacked a lot of hospital staff through vaccine mandates—available staff who are still prevented from working. Many of whom are possibly better protected from Covid than their vaccinated colleagues through the natural immunity acquired through prior infection.
He didn’t mention the overseas experience—UK hospital staff, none of whom were ever vaccine-mandated, no longer even have to routinely wear masks (let alone the general public).
In contrast, NZ hospital staff were mandated to receive boosters before 25 February or lose their positions.
Who are the Real Government Copywriters?
I am left wondering who actually writes the government’s Covid policy announcements and advertising material.
This week we were regaled on social media with multiple slots advising us that if we have had Covid already (which is most of us) then the natural immunity you have gained is worthless without a booster shot.
No risk is too high when it comes to proving these shots really do work if you have enough of them.
I have a feeling that whoever is churning out the government advertising PR is not actually reviewing published data.
They are more likely to be qualified in journalism and focusing hard to make up whatever they can to satisfy a ‘vaccine or bust’ brief.
The idea that natural immunity from prior infection doesn’t work is fantasy copywriting pure and simple.
A paper just published by the BMJ argues that, on the evidence available, pandemic policies should have recognised proof of natural immunity as a sufficient basis for exemption to vaccination requirements.
It further concludes that there is no compelling evidence for the superiority of Covid vaccine-induced immunity.
My reading of the official current New Zealand Covid data unambiguously backs this up—the unvaccinated are gradually becoming less vulnerable to Covid infection and hospitalisation (presumably gaining natural immunity) but the vaccinated are not, their level of protection is gradually declining.
The reason must lie with the characteristic effects of the mRNA vaccine.
From Friday, District Health Boards will no longer exist when the centralised new government entity Health New Zealand takes over. In a show of responsibility, Minister Little has announced a ‘high power taskforce’ charged with clearing the long hospital backlogs.
Do you, like me, lack confidence in Labour’s centralised government control?
Would you describe our health crisis as the result of long hospital backlogs rather than a failed pandemic strategy?
Or would you ask some hard questions and expect answers? Whoops, you can’t ask questions of Jacinda Ardern. If you do, you lose your job, get sprayed with water or pepper, and are forced to listen to loud music through the night.
Jacinda, we lament:
In the North, South, East and West,
We gave you our votes and our best,
You were toasted in our talk, and our song;
We thought that love would last forever: We were wrong.
Your cabinet stars are not wanted now; put them out every one,
You packed the parliament and threatened the young,
You poured away the budget and usurped the good;
Nothing now can ever come to anything that it should.
We’re mourners now and march to muffled drum…
(Apologies to W H Auden Funeral Blues)
Dr Guy Hatchard is a former senior manager at Genetic ID, food testing and certification company. The full article is published HERE