Courtesy of Bloomberg:
Hospitals are threatening to fire health-care workers who publicize their working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic — and have in some cases followed through.
Ming Lin, an emergency room physician in Washington state, said he was told Friday he was out of a job because he’d given an interview to a newspaper about a Facebook post detailing what he believed to be inadequate protective equipment and testing. In Chicago, a nurse was fired after emailing colleagues that she wanted to wear a more protective mask while on duty. In New York, the NYU Langone Health system has warned employees they could be terminated if they talk to the media without authorization.
“Hospitals are muzzling nurses and other health-care workers in an attempt to preserve their image,” said Ruth Schubert, a spokeswoman for the Washington State Nurses Association. “It is outrageous.”
Hospitals have traditionally had strict media guidelines to protect patient privacy, urging staff to talk with journalists only through official public relations offices. But the pandemic has ushered in a new era, Schubert said.
Health-care workers “must have the ability to tell the public what is really going on inside the facilities where they are caring for Covid-19 patients,” she said.
This is completely indefensible.
Hospitals are having nurses and doctors working extra shifts while reusing old their PPE multiple times, and they think they have the luxury of firing somebody who tells the truth to the American people?
Fuck that noise.
And here is an example of why it is so important to hear from these front line heroes.
Courtesy of CBS Chicago:
In the thick of the COVID-19 crisis, nurses are working long hours – sometimes even a double shift – and yet they say they can’t wear masks.
As CBS 2’s Jermont Terry reported Tuesday night, those nurses say they’re afraid.
It sounds simple. If nurses are on the front line, let them wear what they believe will make them safe. The University of Chicago Medical Center just changed its policy to universal masking for its staff, and nurses across the state hope other hospitals follow.
These days, you will find plenty of people wearing some type of mask. Whether they have the N95 mask designed to protect people from the coronavirus, or whether they just have surgical masks, their faces are covered.
But a Chicago area nurse said she is not being given that option.
“All of our masks at our hospitals are under lock and key and video surveillance,” she said.
The nurse hid her identity behind the same mask she has been told not to wear all day at work.
“Because I don’t want any repercussions from the hospital that I work at,” she said.
Did you get that? She is afraid of repercussions for telling the truth about a dangerous situation.
That is not right and I hope that new outlets are doing everything they can to protect the identities of these brave whistleblowers and making sure that everybody knows which hospitals are doing this.
You know, like the University of Chicago Medical Center for instance.