Dr Mark Shaw

What They Don’t Talk About on the BBC

by Dr. Mark Shaw I watched BBC Question Time on the TV on Thursday then listened to Radio 4’s Any Questions the following Saturday (27th March). I could not believe what I was not hearing. Not to worry, I thought,  just ring in to Any Answers immediately following. Having got through to a call handler, I described my astonishment that, in the debate on vaccine passports, the single most important view (concerning medical ethics), had not been discussed. I explained that I would like to talk with the presenter (Anita Anand) about this glaring omission and that, if not able to do so myself, would be happy if at least one person was invited to air that view in the 45 minute programme. The lady acknowledged this and asked me to stand by for the duration of the programme in case I was invited. Almost the whole of ‘Any Answers’ was devoted to the vaccine debate but I didn't receive a call and no one else had been allowed on, for even a minute (out of around three hours of airtime over the three programmes), to bring up a matter that the public so rightly deserved to hear. The issue I refer to is that the Government, by not immediately outlawing vaccination passports, is implicitly coercing the public into being vaccinated...

Careful What We Wish For

by Dr Mark Shaw I wouldn't say I was anti-vax in stance but I do think that vaccination should be carried out only where absolutely clinically necessary. All forms of medication involve some risk – no matter how small. The decision to medicate our immune systems should be one that is taken with the utmost care and diligence. The extraordinary pressure to be vaccinated has come from, among other reasons, a desire to exit lockdown speedily. The two issues (lockdown and vaccination) have become inextricably and painfully linked by the abandonment of the following principles that should form the backbone of healthcare: First do no harmDon't panicProperly evaluate riskEnsure action is founded on solid evidence based medicineDo not over-exaggerate or over-promise So the problem with the Government's strategy is that it is rolling out a vaccination programme in a blanket approach that does not allow the public to make a properly informed decision based on evaluating their own relative risk of suffering from the effects of catching Covid. A clinician should only advise a patient to undergo treatment when they have been informed of all the pros and cons – so that the clinician has the patient's informed consent. Informed consent (in this case of the public) can only have been obtained when the relative risks have been presented in...

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