Career healthcare professionals are outraged by President Trump’s accusations, and they speak out to defend the honor and integrity of the profession.
They’re the core of our essential workers, and they are fighting hard to save lives. Doctors, nurses, scientists and other healthcare professionals have been on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic since day one. But today they are fighting against more than a deadly virus. After attacks by President Donald Trump, many career medical professionals are speaking out to defend the honor and integrity of their profession.
Trump made a baseless accusation that medical doctors are inflating Covid-19 deaths for financial gain. As evidenced in the video below, President Trump denigrates the integrity and honor of those in the medical profession and implies that doctors often lie about the true cause of deaths in order to game the system for monetary gain. Trump is accusing doctors and, by extension, the entire medical profession of fraud.
He accuses healthcare professionals of lacking integrity and engaging in unethical—possibly even criminal—behavior, and many career healthcare and medical professionals are pushing back hard.
The AMA condemns Trump’s comments and defends doctors and healthcare professionals.
After Trump accused doctors of lying about the deaths of Covid-19 patients, Susan Bailey, M.D. (American Medical Association president) put out the following statement in defense of the medical profession and the integrity of doctors.
“Throughout this pandemic, physicians, nurses, and frontline health care workers have risked their health, their safety and their lives to treat their patients and defeat a deadly virus. They did it because duty called and because of the sacred oath they took. The suggestion that doctors—in the midst of a public health crisis—are overcounting COVID-19 patients or lying to line their pockets is a malicious, outrageous, and completely misguided charge. COVID-19 cases are at record highs today. Rather than attacking us and lobbing baseless charges at physicians, our leaders should be following the science and urging adherence to the public health steps we know work—wearing a mask, washing hands and practicing physical distancing.”
Dr. Bailey’s above statement was only the latest in an ongoing effort by the AMA to support and defend the integrity and honor of the medical profession and its healthcare professionals. Just three days earlier, the AMA put out a statement proclaiming that the assault on physicians and science must end. In that statement, Dr. Susan Bailey informs that medical professionals are dying in the line of duty and asserts that “public health officials have been threatened and intimidated, prompting some to retire or quit critical positions.” She condemns the “continued campaign of misinformation and disinformation” and calls it “an unconscionable betrayal of the public trust that jeopardizes our work and endangers lives.”
Career medical doctors are outraged by Trump’s accusation.
President Trump has caused outraged with career healthcare professionals because he is denigrating the profession and tarnishing the career legacy of those who are wholly committed to advancing the industry and protecting the integrity of career professionals within it. In addition to the American Medical Association’s statement above, here are three other examples that reflect the outrage Trump’s accusation has caused in career medical professionals.
1. Dr. Stephen Sample of Indiana.
Dr. Stephen Sample is an Air Force veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He currently serves as an emergency room physician in Jasper, Indiana. During an interview with Brian Williams on MSNBC, Dr. Sample said that he thought his outrage meter had maxed out, but Trump’s most recent comments about doctors took things to a whole new level for him. Dr. Sample told Brian Williams on MSNBC this:
“Now—now he’s coming for my integrity, and he’s coming for the integrity of my entire profession. Like I would sell my soul—fake a death certificate—to get 2,000 bucks. This is a bald-faced, brazen lie from the biggest bald-faced, brazen liar that’s ever set in that office. And I am a little hot, yeah.”
2. Dr. Cleavon Gilman of New York.
Dr. Cleavon Gilman is an Iraq War veteran who currently serves as a Manhattan emergency room doctor in New York. In response to Trump’s accusations, he tweeted that he has taken a 20% cut in pay as a result of Covid-19. He also informed that he has lost three of his colleagues and a 27-year-old cousin to the virus. Dr. Gilman shares that delivering heartbreaking news of Covid-19 deaths to families has caused him to cry countless times.
3. Dr. Mike Patete with the Florida Medical Association.
The Florida Medical Association condemned Trump’s accusations as “malicious and baseless.” In a statement in The Palm Beach Post, Dr. Patete said the following.
“The truth is that our nation’s doctors have selflessly put their own health and safety at risk treating Covid-19 patients. Many doctors, nurses and frontline healthcare workers have lost their lives serving our community during this pandemic. Like most of our fellow citizens, doctors have also suffered significant financial losses over the past eight months.”
Medical professionals are committed to their careers and integrity.
Sometimes people ask me what the difference is between a job and a career. There are several, but some key differences are that when you have a career, you tend to become more invested in the branding and reputation of your industry. When you have chosen a career, you defend the profession, you advocate for the professionals within in it, and you make a point to contribute to the betterment of the profession.
Career professionals care about the everyday work they do, but they also care about the career legacy they will leave behind.