Florida Medical Doctors’/Nurses’ Independence In Danger
What is science that can't be questioned?
This week we caught wind of the growth a very disturbing trend taking hold in Florida.
The Florida nursing board has republished a letter from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing implying that nurses may be disciplined for making statements (including through social media) that are not supported by the CDC and FDA:
(See Page 10)
The concern is obvious in that the CDC and FDA have historically often changed their guidance. What happens if no one can speak out and disagree?
In fact, even during the Coronavirus situation the CDC and FDA have changed their guidance multiple times - often after medical doctors and nurses have questioned their official stance.
The quelching of free speech and scientific debate.
Had world authorities had a similar rule in the 1400’s folks would still be losing their licenses for saying the world was not flat.
Essentially if this rule is fully enforced there would be no way for the medical profession to advance other than through the bureaucratic channels of the CDC and FDA.
It’s also especially concerning that the State of Florida is going to tie it’s licensing authority to the dictates of the CDC and FDA who have both shown some systematic issues in their decisions and rulemaking.
Florida should be moving to allow it’s nurses - and doctors - to act independently and not be beholden to any particularly governmental bodies. After all medice is always changing and there are often other authoritative bodies that disagree with either or both of the CDC and FDA.
Doctors should be allowed to do what they think is best for patients - based on their training and experience - not based on what a central authority (that doesn’t even know their patients) says.
This along with SB 7021 (https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2022/7014/BillText/Filed/PDF) that conditions Covid-19 liability protection on health care providers following "government-issued health standards" creates a trend to take away the independence of our doctors and nurses and make them beholden to the whim of government bodies which have often made incorrect medical decisions.
Interestingly the statement republished by the Florida nursing board appears to be similar to a statement by the Federation of State Medical Boards: https://www.fsmb.org/advocacy/news-releases/fsmb-spreading-covid-19-vaccine-misinformation-may-put-medical-license-at-risk/
Which also implies doctors may lose their licenses for disagreeing with “consensus” medical opinions.
Again if all the other doctors say the earth is flat you’ll lose your license for doing what is right.
As far as we know the Federation of State Medical Boards has not been republished by the Florida medical board.
But the concern is clear - the independence of our health care providers is being coerced to government bodies.
This is particularly concerning when decision-making is tied to the CDC and FDA - who have a long history of changing their recommendations based on changing medical information. The American Freedom Information Institute, Inc. is asking some volunteers to put together a historical list of all of the times the CDC and FDA have had to change their guidance.
The rallying cry is clear. We all need to be writing letters and sending messages to our elected officials to give freedom of decision-making to Florida’s doctors and nurses. They should all be free to do what they think is best for patients and not be beholden to follow the dictates of bureaucratic institutions that are often beholden to political pressures.
If anything healthcare should be one area where patients are safe from politics.
Write and call all of your elected officials on this today. More details to follow soon.
NOTE: While legal issues are discussed this is education and is not legal advice. It is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney. Please consult your own attorney on your situation and to get legal advice about your circumstances. Courts are unpredictable may disagree with the author’s opinions.
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