US Hospitals Tell Doctors They’ll Be Fired If They Speak Out About Lack of Gear

US Hospitals Tell Doctors They’ll Be Fired If They Speak Out About Lack of Gear. By Olivia Carville.

Ming Lin, an emergency room physician in Washington state, said he was told Friday he was out of a job because he’d given an interview to a newspaper about a Facebook post detailing what he believed to be inadequate protective equipment and testing. In Chicago, a nurse was fired after emailing colleagues that she wanted to wear a more protective mask while on duty. In New York, the NYU Langone Health system has warned employees they could be terminated if they talk to the media without authorization.

“I’m hearing widespread stories from physicians across the country and they are all saying: ‘We have these stories that we think are important to get out, but we are being told by our hospital systems that we are not allowed to speak to the press, and if we do so there will be extreme consequences,” said [Nisha Mehta is a 38-year radiologist from Charlotte, North Carolina].

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