Bellingham doctor loses job after criticizing hospital's virus response


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.” 


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