After UK consultant Dr Polyakova’s plea was censored by The BMJ, more revelations emerge over censorship and threats against those who dissent
The BMJ guilty of blatant censorship
On Monday, The British Medical Journal (The BMJ) reminded us that ‘cancel culture’ was still alive and prospering in medical journals. Ironically, one that has lauded its focus on transparency. A Rapid Response by a London-based consultant, Dr Katya Polyakova, in response to the article “Do doctors have to have the covid-19 vaccine?”, was censored for ostensibly “… being used to spread misinformation and was attributed in a misleading way on certain websites and social media”. Well, we’ve been able to find Dr Polyakova’s deleted response (thanks to the Wayback Machine), and read one of the leading articles that broke the story and we definitely do not concur.
Source: The BMJ [last accessed 14/4/21].
Let dissenting medical voices be heard
Dr Polyakova’s letter to the Editor of The BMJ doesn’t mince words. It’s informed by actual frontline, on-the-job experience and it illuminates a reality that clearly the authorities don’t want out there — at any cost. Shame on you BMJ for caving in when a respected consultant is waving a red flag that could in time save lives and prevent health misery for many others.
The censorship of anyone questioning the need for mass vaccination to combat the covid-19 pandemic is unprecedented. It’s worth noting that all four of the ‘experts’ quoted in The BMJ article that Dr Polyakova was responding to, support the mandatory vaccination of doctors to ‘protect’ their patients. Seeing as this is The BMJ, one would expect that in the interests of scientific and medical discourse, doctors would be encouraged and entitled to enter the debate. Clearly, Dr Polyakova’s real-world, first-hand, account of the problems associated with the mass vaccination of health care workers in the NHS is considered to be a little too much truth to handle perhaps?
“The levels of sickness after vaccination is unprecedented and staff are getting very sick and some with neurological symptoms which is having a huge impact on the health service function. Even the young and healthy are off for days, some for weeks, and some requiring medical treatment. Whole teams are being taken out as they went to get vaccinated together.”– Dr Katya Polyakova, consultant psychiatrist, London