US health workers fired for raising virus prep alarm

Hospi­tals have threat­ened doctors and nurses with being fired, and some have been termi­nated, for speaking about working condi­tions as facil­i­ties struggle to cope with surging novel coron­avirus cases, according to a report published Tuesday.

Dr. Ming Lin was fired Friday after giving an inter­view to the Seattle Times newspaper in which he elabo­rated on a Facebook post where he called for improve­ments to coron­avirus prepared­ness measures at Peace­Health St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomberg News reported.

Lin, who works in the emergency room, said St. Joseph falls short of prepa­ra­tions already insti­tuted at other hospi­tals, citing specif­i­cally a lack of adequate segre­ga­tion for COVID-19 patients, and a lack of screening measures meant to detect the virus in staffers, including regular temper­a­ture checks.

ANDALOU AGENCY (TURKEY): US health workers fired for raising virus prep alarm (3/31/20)