Group protests outside Windsor Regional Hospital
Protesters against what they call "medical tyranny" gathered Monday afternoon outside of Windsor Regional Hospital’s Met Campus.
The group, in support of the Canadian COVID Alliance, believes that the hospital has over-stepped patient's rights with respect to power of attorney and the right of an individual to refuse certain types treatments.
At issue is the drug Remdesivir. The medication has been approved by Health Canada and the World Health Organization.
Dr. Ian Mazzetti, Chief of Medicine, says Remdesivir is indicated for use in hospitalized COVID-19 patients.
Mazzetti says the best evidence is in use for moderately ill patients, and may be considered in critically ill patients not on the ventilator.
Windsor Regional officials say they have their own WRH internal criteria for its use, which is consistent with these guidelines and other major society guidelines.
As with any treatment, WRH says they explain the risks and benefits and possible side effects with their patients. The hospital says patients are free to refuse treatments at any time.
The group asserts that the drug is ineffective with potentially lethal side-effects.
Kelly Anne Wolfe, CEO of the C.D.D.A, says she wants the Canadian public to know that her organization and its followers are committed to their efforts to bring shed light on patient rights.
"We have written formal letters to the hospital addressing our concerns as citizens, not just this hospital but all hospitals across Canada,” said Wolfe. “We have even gone so far as to file criminal charges at the local police station.
With files from CTV Windsor's Gary Archibald.