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Alberta Health Services say claims from a Red Deer doctor that the province waited for a drop in hospital admissions to justify COVID-19 restrictions are “completely false.”
A video widely released online this week shows Dr. Gary Davidson, an emergency physician at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Center, speaking to a large crowd at a recent public forum. CBC News was unable to confirm the date or location of the event.In the video, Davidson – a former chief of emergency medicine in Red Deer – accuses the government of manipulating the numbers surrounding the new restrictions.
But in a statement to CBC News, Alberta Health Services spokesperson Kerry Williamson said Davidson’s claims are hurtful and disappointing.
“This doctor’s opinions do not accurately reflect the COVID-19 pandemic, the response to the African horse sickness pandemic, or the situation at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Center,” said Williamson.
CBC News asked Davidson to respond to AHS ‘statement, but he declined.
AHS and one of Davidson’s colleagues confirm he is the speaking man in the video.
In the video, Davidson – who ran as a UCP candidate in the Red Deer South constituency in 2019 – accuses the province of waiting for hospital admissions to drop before instituting a “lockdown.”
” In three days, [hospital admittance numbers] had been on a downward trend and on my last shift I had no patients for about three hours, ”Davidson said in the recording.
“The day before the lockdown I texted a political friend of mine and said, ‘We have to move towards lockdown because the numbers are starting to go down. “”
Watch: Red Deer doctor slams Alberta response to pandemic in open forum
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