Hospitals Threaten To Fire Employees Who Speak About Coronavirus Shortages

Hospitals Threaten To Fire Employees Who Speak About Coronavirus Shortages

How is this going to help anyone?

A report by The Hill says that at least two healthcare professionals, one in Washington and another in Chicago, have been fired for speaking out against the shortage of medical and protective supplies. Hospitals are now warning employees that they may get fired if they speak about the shortages of protective gear or pieces of equipment in public.

According to the report, an emergency room doctor, Ming Lin, was terminated from PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, Washington and a nurse, Lauri Mazurkiewicz, was fired by the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Ruth Schubert, a spokesperson for the Washington State Nurses Association, said in a statement: "Nurses and other health care workers are being muzzled in an attempt by hospitals to preserve their image. No health care worker should face being disciplined or fired for speaking the truth."

Numerous such reports are emerging from different parts of the country where hospitals have been warning employees about releasing statements on shortages. As the crisis worsens in America, the lack of protective gear and essential medical equipment is being felt acutely. The healthcare workers, who are at the frontline of this battle, need all the protection that they can be provided and it is unacceptable that they are threatened with expulsion for speaking the truth.

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