Folllowing backlash, hospital releases statement claiming doctors’ talks to deceive public was simply a “frank discussion.”
Source: Jamie White
“That’s better still, and that’s something that I can take to someone else, but I think those are important numbers. The patients that are still in the hospital, that are off the COVID floor, but still are occupying the hospital for a variety of reasons,” said Rudyk before another doctor informed her that those patients are considered “recovered.”
Rudyk continued: “I think that that needs to be highlighted as well, because once you’re off isolation you drop from the COVID numbers, that’s exactly right.”
A male doctor agreed but hinted to Rudyk to be more discreet with her messaging: “Carolyn, we can talk offline about how we run that up to marketing.”
But Rudyk didn’t take the hint and continued to incriminate herself and the other physicians on the call.
“So I just want to say we have to be more blunt, we have to be more forceful, we have to see something coming out: ‘If you don’t get vaccinated, you know you’re going to die,’” Rudyk said, laughing. “I mean let’s just be really blunt with these people.”
After these shocking admissions went viral, Novant Health released a statement claiming the Zoom call conversation to deceive the public was simply a “frank discussion” among health experts.
“The team members involved in this excerpt of an internal meeting are seeing the highest level of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths so far in this pandemic – despite having safe and effective vaccines widely available. This was a frank discussion among medical and communications professionals on how we can more accurately convey the severity and seriousness of what’s happening inside of our hospitals and throughout our communities. Specifically, the data we have been sharing does not include patients who remain hospitalized for COVID-19 complications even though they are no longer COVID-19 positive, so it does not provide a complete picture of the total impact of COVID-19 on our patients and on our hospitals. We continue to be concerned with the amount of misinformation in our communities and consistently strive for more ways to be transparent and tell the whole story. The continued rise of hospitalizations makes it evident that we have more work to do to reach our communities with these messages.”