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Nurse who spread ‘scamdemic’ theories comparing vaccine to ‘genocide’ suspended

A NHS nurse has been suspended after spreading conspiracy theories on coronavirus, branding it a ‘scamdemic’.

Tracey McCallum, who works for NHS24 at Crosshouse Hospital in Ayrshire, has openly supported conspiracy theories such as claiming face masks are helping to spread the virus.

She also openly slammed new vaccines, comparing them to “genocide”, and backed an anti-malaria drug taken by Donald Trump, despite it being dismissed by world health chiefs.

McCallum, who also told people vitamins and minerals can help tackle Covid, has now been suspended from her post and has been reported to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the Daily Record reports.

According to the Record, she faces losing her career of more than 20 years after spreading her own alternative “research” online.

Shocked colleagues reported the 45-year-old, from Darvel, Ayrshire, to NHS bosses and a nursing watchdog after she spouted her controversial views in nursing Facebook groups.

Tracey McCallum, who works for NHS24 at Crosshouse Hospital in Ayrshire

One of her posts said: “NO PRIMARY CARE AT ALL. That will increase hospital admissions and deaths and keep this scamdemic going forever.

“Management everywhere are bullies and control us. Its all a game to see who can be the most sadistic.”

Another post said: “I believe the NHS is as corrupt as the Government.”

Another said: “More people are waking up from the lie since birth. Tyranny! Genocide! Treason! The world is going to be a better brighter place when we all move from the dark side.”

Another post said: “I for one am sick about hearing about testing and vaccines. The scary thing is you only have to come on Facebook and look at all the independent media companies reporting on what is really going on around the world.

“Lockdowns everywhere but less than one per cent mortality and miraculously no flu or much else this year.”

When approached by the Record, the nurse said she stood by the content of her messages and believed she had been targeted by bosses for asking “too many questions”.

She added that anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine – trumpeted for its unproven health benefits by Donald Trump – could be key to tackling the pandemic.

Nurse who spread 'scamdemic' theories comparing vaccine to 'genocide' suspended
One of Tracey’s posts

No clinical trials have yet found in favour of using the drug against Covid-19 and critics say it has potentially serious side effects.

But Tracey – who has shared Donald Trump’s speeches online – said: “There are 170-odd peer reviews that have said they have had really good outcomes with hydroxychloroquine, zinc and vitamins C and D, because our immune systems are amazing things.

“The drug is for malaria, but if it works, it works. I’d rather try that – something that’s been around for years and is a good medication for a lot of things – than try a vaccine. I’m not being a guinea pig for that.”

When asked about comments referring to “genocide” when discussing corona vaccines, which saw her removed from the Nurses Roar nursing chat group with 34,000 members, she again defended her views.

She said: “What I was meaning was that nurses were fooled in the war, through the Holocaust, into giving people medication.

“There have been a lot of bad side effects. I know a lot of nurses who don’t want to take it and I think ‘if you don’t want to take it then why give it to someone else?’”

She also said there was evidence that masks were a “breeding ground for bacteria and viruses” and added: “I just think people need to speak up when something’s not right.

“I think too many people are blinded by what’s on the telly and the minute you go on the internet and do some research you find the information you need. Don’t just accept what you’re told.”

Tracey worked during the pandemic but has been off sick for several weeks with work-related stress after grievances were raised both by her and her employer.

She was notified of her suspension earlier this month.

The nurse said she has spent hours conducting her own research online.

She said: “I knew I had to put my concerns out there. I tried doing it with the NMC and with the whistleblowers’ helplines. They just say speak to your employer.

“I don’t trust my employer anymore. The only other place I can do it is on Facebook.”

Despite her remarks, Tracey said she hoped her registration as a nurse would not be affected following the probe.

She said: “I’ll take that when it comes. I’m more concerned about the health of our society now.

“I couldn’t justify being at work and people asking me abut the efficacy of masks or vaccinations.

“I couldn’t justify promoting them unless I knew they were promotable and safe.

“I always put my patients first. I’m just interested in keeping patients alive. I’ve only spoken out about what I believe in.”

One colleague said the nurse had “become obsessed with Covid conspiracy theories” and raised concern about her theories.

Tracey said: “I’m absolutely fine. I know exactly what I’m doing.”

NHS Ayrshire and Arran told the Record it could not comment on the investigation, as did the NMC.

NHS 24 said staff matters were treated in confidence.

Mirror Online has also contacted NHS Ayrshire and Arran, the NMC and NHS 24 for comment.

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