Two frontline nurses in Ontario, Kristen Nagle and Sarah Choujounian, are currently facing an inquiry after attending a rally in Washington DC promoting conspiratorial claims about “COVID fraud” and hospitals’ alleged role in misrepresenting the pandemic, CBC News reported.
Global Frontline Nurses (GFN) was the organizer of the rally.
Nagle, a neonatal ICU nurse from London, and Choujounian, a registered practical nurse from Toronto, went to the US capital last week despite government restrictions against non-essential travel. According to CBC News, both Nagle and Choujounian have been regular participants of local anti-mask protests in the past.
In a video posted by a “Nurses Against Lockdown” Instagram account, Choujounian delivered a speech to the crowd of protestors at the GFN rally in front of the US Supreme Court, scheduled just hours before the Capitol Hill riot, according to CP24.
“These are crimes against humanity,” Choujounian said about the COVID-19 public health measures. “Nobody has the right to tell you when and where you see your loved ones.”
She reflected on her personal mental health struggles since the pandemic began and said that in the absence of fitness centers and group therapy, “It’s been almost impossible to control my anxiety.”
Nagle likewise addressed the GFN protestors that day, lamenting the “society of hypochondriacs” that has emerged since the pandemic.
“Frontline nurses are confirming that the current healthcare model focuses on practices that continue to fuel disease, causing harm that is sometimes even fatal,” said Nagle.
The College of Nurses of Ontario confirmed it is aware of the Nagle and Choujounian’s statements and attendance at the DC rally, and were already investigating the nurses. The legislation, however, prohibits the College from disclosing details on the progress or ongoing status, CP24 reported.
The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario also denounced the actions made by the nurses, calling the ideas disseminated by GFN “pure conspiracy theory”.
“When you hear this from one of your own, and in this case, two of our own, one RN and one RPN, it’s shocking,” said Doris Grinspun, CEO of the association.
A spokesperson for the GFN told CBC News that Nagle and Choujounian are indisposed to speak to the media due to the “death threats and harassment” they have received.
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