Bellingham ER doctor who criticized hospital’s coronavirus measures says he was fired


The Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion, which repre­sents 900 nurses at St. Joseph hospital, said Saturday in a state­ment that it is appalled” by the hospital administration’s response and said that health­care workers are being muzzled.”

Dr. Lin bravely spoke out for the safety of hospital staff, patients and the public,” the association’s release said. He has been the voice for many nurses and other health care workers who are afraid to speak up out of the very real fear that they could be disci­plined or fired. We salute his courage, and we demand that he be reinstated so he can continue his life-saving work.”

The associ­a­tion also said it has filed a complaint with the Washington State Depart­ment of Labor and Indus­tries over what it believes is the hospital’s failure to provide a safe work environment.

Our members on the front lines 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,” the associ­a­tion said.


TRI-CITY HERALD: Bellingham ER doctor who criticized hospital’s coronavirus measures says he was fired (3/28/20)