Bellingham doctor loses job after criticizing hospital’s virus response

Published by KREM 2 on 3/28/20 (Source)

The Washington State Nurses Association released a statement Saturday saying they are "appalled" by the hospital administration's response to the very "real concerns" raised by Dr. Lin and other caregivers at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center.

"Our members on the frontlines at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham report that they have run out of proper gowns to care for suspected and positive COVID-19 patients, are being directed to re-use and share Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) without proper cleaning per manufacturer guidelines, are being given one surgical mask per day and being told to keep it in a paper bag between patients, and other unsafe measures," read the Association's statement in part.

A WSNA spokesperson said the group has filed a complaint with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries Division of Occupational Safety and Health over what they believe is the hospital's "failure to provide a safe work environment."