NHS nurse who branded coronavirus ‘scamdemic’ is suspended for spreading lies

An NHS nurse has been suspended after posting conspiracy theories about coronavirus, and labelling it a "scamdemic".

Tracey McCallum could face losing her job over the social media posts which contain her own "research" into the pandemic.

Ms McCallum, who has worked for over 20 years, has shown her support to a number of conspiracy theories relating to the bug.

The 45-year-old, who works for NHS24 at Crosshouse Hospital in Ayrshire, was reported by shocked colleagues.

She publicly supports theories such as:

●claiming face masks are helping spread the virus

●openly slamming the new vaccine comparing it to “genocide”

●backing an anti-malaria drug taken by Donald Trump but dismissed by world health chiefs

Colleagues reported her to NHS bosses and a nursing watchdog after she spouted her controversial views in nursing Facebook groups.

She has now been suspended from her post and has been reported to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

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

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.”

When approached by the Daily 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 told Daily Record, anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine – endorsed for its unproven health benefits by Donald Trump – could be key to tackling the pandemic.

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

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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."

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.”

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

One colleague said the nurse had “become obsessed with Covid conspiracy theories” and raised concern about her theories. McCallum said: “I’m absolutely fine. I know exactly what I’m doing.”

NHS Ayrshire and Arran said it could not comment on the investigation, as did the NMC. NHS 24 said staff matters were treated in confidence.

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