We’ve received several calls today from RIH staff straight up accusing IHA and RIH mgmt of lying about the scope and scale of the outbreak. Nurses and other staff exposed and not tested, pressured to work while waiting for results, and cases in staff beyond 6N and 6S. #Kamloops— Brett Mineer (@MineerBrett) February 3, 2021
It destroys me that in the middle of this pandemic, a year in, our government bodies think that they need to control messaging like this to the point of breeding distrust.
I really don’t want to be distrustful of Interior Health, but when people are reaching out to the media anonymously to try to shed some real light on things - ‘whistleblow’, if you will - it’s a little distressing.
I have heard directly from a hospital worker about them having their jobs threatened if they speak publicly. That’s not how things should work, and our government bodies need to be held much more accountable for being secretive. I also believe that it should be illegal to fire someone for whistleblowing or speaking to media. If the media gets multiple people complaining about exactly the same thing, they should be able to dig for answers.