Hospitals threatening to fire workers for speaking out about coronavirus shortages: report


At least two health care workers have been fired after speaking out about the need for more coron­avirus tests and protec­tive equip­ment as hospi­tals across the country warn doctors and nurses not to publi­cize pandemic-fueled short­ages of medical supplies.

An emergency room doctor in Washington state was fired last week after criti­cizing working condi­tions at his hospital where he had worked for 17 years, and a Chicago nurse was fired after warning colleagues their assigned masks offered inade­quate protec­tion against coron­avirus, according to reports.

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


THE HILL: Hospitals threatening to fire workers for speaking out about coronavirus shortages: report (3/31/20)