Conspiracy theorist former healthcare worker ‘spreading lies’

A former healthcare worker has been accused by the trust she worked for of ‘spreading lies’ after claiming she was publicly resigning in a publicity stunt outside Truro Cathedral.

Shelley Tasker, who runs a photography business of the same name, also referenced the term ‘plandemic’, suggesting that coronavirus vaccines would be used to implant tracking devices in people.

The 43-year-old – who has only ever been an agency staff worker for Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) – publicly addressed the people of Truro outside of the cathedral at what she called a ‘Freedom Rally’ where she claimed she had “no work to do for three weeks” during the height of the pandemic – which has seen lower numbers in Cornwall than elsewhere in the country.

In the clip, the mum can be heard saying: “Today, I’m publicly resigning. I am wearing this uniform sadly for the last time.

“I absolutely loved my job. Those of you who have been following what’s going on, we’ve done tasks, we’ve organised protests, I’ve had a lot of flack.”

The hospital has now revealed that Ms Tasker worked as a bank healthcare worker, part of a group of agency staff that the hospital did not require ‘until further notice’ at the end of April while only 50 per cent of the beds at Royal Cornwall Hospital (RCH) at Treliske were occupied.

During her speech she also claimed that on the previous Friday there were just three people in the Covid-19 ward at RCH after taking and sharing screenshots of confidential information.

Shelley Tasker addressing people in the centre of Truro

However on Thursday (November 5) the boss of Cornwall’s hospitals, Kate Shields, said that on that day (November 5), there were actually seven coronavirus patients in the Royal Cornwall Hospital, with three of those in intensive care.

Ms Tasker also made the explosive claim that the flu and Covid cases are “the same thing” on death certificates and declared that she would be ignoring the second lockdown. Ms Tasker has been one of the organisers of anti-mask protests in Truro and Camborne in recent weeks which rallied against measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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“I will be doing everything I want to do,” she said.

An RCHT spokesperson said: “We’re in the middle of a once in a lifetime pandemic and it is unacceptable for anybody to spread lies which could be harmful to people’s health, let alone from somebody in a respected position.

“The public’s incredible support for the NHS played a major role in helping us handle the first wave of coronavirus, and as we face a potential second wave, it is absolutely vital our staff and the public follow the latest public health guidance to help keep us all safe.”

Cornwall Live