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MELBOURNE, Australia (LifeSiteNews) – A top doctor in Australia has suggested that people who deny the threat of COVID-19, or have not received  COVID-19 jab, should be refused hospital treatment if they become ill with the coronavirus.  

In an interview with The Guardian published on Sunday, Dr. Roderick McRae, the president of the Victorian branch of the Australian Medical Association (AMA), said that such Australians should relieve the healthcare system and “let nature run its course.” 


McRae, an intensive care physician and anesthetist, said that healthcare workers were already fatigued due to staff shortages, and shouldn’t be expected to prioritize the treatment of the unvaccinated who, he said, are putting unnecessary pressure on the healthcare system.

The doctor expounded on his hopes for the fate of  so-called  “anti-vaxxers” in the coming months, saying, “A whole lot of these people are passionate disbelievers that the virus even exists.”   

“They should notify their nearest and dearest and ensure there’s an advanced care directive that says, ‘If I am diagnosed with this disease caused by a virus that I don’t believe exists, I will not disturb the public hospital system, and I’ll let nature run its course’,” he continued. 

“Within the public hospitals, the knees are knocking as [COVID] restrictions ease because the situation is stressed to the point that tents are going up outside of the public hospitals to facilitate the removal of ill patients from ambulances, so those ambulances can go and get the next patient.” 

McRae complained that the number of hospitalizations were making it more difficult for those who have “been double vaccinated” and “done everything right” to get treatment unrelated to the coronavirus. 

“Patients continue to suffer some pain or disability for a longer period of time, and they’re often patients who’ve been double vaccinated, they’re elderly, and they’ve done everything right, but their knee replacement is being delayed and the public hospital waiting lists are growing,” he said.  

“Now is not the time you want to fall over or get injured because the hospitals are full,” he continued.  

“Don’t get too excited about the horse winning the Melbourne Cup if you’re on the brink of having a cardiac issue. Because if you call an ambulance in coming weeks, you may have to wait. There’s no question the hospital will do what they can, but we’re not able to provide the standard of care that we once did because of all of the resource constraints.” 

The AMA state president also repeated the common assertion, which has been not been proved, that “it’s the unvaccinated who are going to get COVID.”  Several medical associations, including the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control, have admitted that COVID-19 vaccines do not stop all infections or transmissions of the coronavirus. Experts like Dr. Robert Malone are concerned about a surge in infections among people who have been “fully” inoculated against the virus.  

McRae’s comments were immediately flagged by concerned Australians, and criticism inundated social media. Critics argued that McRae’s comments were designed to intimidate people who don’t want to take the current experimental COVID-19 inoculations, and served as another example of the Victorian government and medical establishment attempting to increase vaccination rates by sensationalizing the extent of the pandemic. 


Following the controversial interview, the Australian Medical Association was forced to release a clarification stating, “Doctors will always provide care impartially and without discrimination”. The Australian Medical Association explained that McRae’s comments were taken out of context and that his comments only meant to highlight the risks of remaining unvaccinated. 


The Australian Medical Association was founded in 1962 with the intention of “promoting and advancing ethical behavior by the medical profession” and to “work with governments to maintain and increase the provision of world-class medical care to all Australians.” 

The state of Victoria will begin to relax COVID restrictions in November, but Premier Dan Andrews and the Victorian medical establishment have insisted that life will be very different in the “vaccinated economy.” 

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