An Ayrshire nurse who posted social media rants spreading conspiracy theories on coronavirus has been sacked.

Tracey McCallum, from Darvel was suspended by NHS24 for spouting her own alternative “research” online – branding the coronavirus outbreak a “scamdemic”.

Now she has told a podcast host that she has turned her back on her career of more than 20 years to promote her controversial views.

The 46-year-old told The Richie Allen Show, a radio broadcast that has previously featured Holocaust deniers and anti-Semites: “I don’t have any regrets. I’ve still got my moral compass intact.”

When our sister paper, the Daily Record, approached McCallum about her appearance on the show, she said: “You know this isn’t right what they’re doing and for you to be complicit – I would not speak to you about this.”

McCallum’s job at Crosshouse Hospital was hanging in the balance after she claimed face masks help spread the virus and compared the vaccination programme with “genocide”.

She also backed an anti-malaria drug taken by ex-US president Donald Trump that was dismissed by world health chiefs.

McCallum was reported to NHS bosses after spouting her views in nursing Facebook groups.

Tracey McCallum branded the Covid outbreak a “scamdemic”

She has now revealed she was “sacked” as a result of her views and had lost an appeal to be reinstated.

She still appears on the Nursing and Midwifery Council database as a registered nurse with no restrictions but has decided to quit nursing completely.

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McCallum, who nursed in a spinal injuries unit and addiction services, is now working alongside a chiropractor. She said: “I’m ecstatic going to work.”

NHS24 said it was unable to comment.

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