Hospitals to doctors and nurses: Shut up about equipment shortages or you're fired


Hospital staff have been franti­cally trying to get the word out: They are slammed with COVID-19 patients and they don’t have enough personal protec­tive equip­ment to handle all the patients safely. But in some cases the effort to let the public know the severity of the situa­tion is running up against hospital admin­is­tra­tors who want to muzzle front-line health­care workers, Bloomberg reports.

An emergency room doctor in Washington state was fired after doing a newspaper inter­view about inade­quate protec­tive gear and testing. NYU Langone Health has told workers that talking to the media without permis­sion could cost them their jobs. And in Chicago, a nurse was fired for emailing her colleagues — not even the media — about wanting better protec­tive gear.


DAILY KOS: Hospitals to doctors and nurses: Shut up about equipment shortages or you're fired (3/31/20)