A former judge and guard dog independent investigation into allegations of games racist played in British Columbia. the emergency rooms where health care workers have guessed the bac of the patients are aboriginal.
On Friday, the minister of Health, Adrian Dix, announced the investigation, calling the allegations of “more than disappointing”. Such games would be racist, he said, and would have a clear, negative effect on patient care.
The Métis Nation BC has reported the allegation to the department on 18 June, said the general director of the organization, Daniel Fontaine. During an online training program on the cultural security of Indigenous peoples, a health worker has described a game in which the emergency personnel had predicted the bac patients aboriginal, said Mr. Fontaine in an interview. He said that it seems to be played in several hospitals.
“One of the workers said that he was playing a game called” Price is Right “, where we guess what is the blood alcohol concentration, and you must be the one closest to the actual results of the test, but you can’t go further,” he said. “They gave a very detailed summary record of this game, which has been captured in this training programme and, of course, he is out and has been brought to my attention. “
Mr. Ten reported having heard of the allegations on the evening of 18 June by the minister’s deputy minister and was asked by Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond that evening to conduct the independent investigation.
Although reports of racist treatment of patients of aboriginal people are common, the idea of betting on the alcohol was a “punch”, said Cheryl Casimer, director of policy, the First Nations Summit Task Group. She said she had confidence in Ms. Turpel-Lafond, to conduct a thorough investigation, but the province will eventually need to do in the face of those who participated in the match.
“We need to know who these people are and where to exert it,” said Ms. Casimer. “We ask the highest level of discipline for these people, because we don’t need these people in the health system.”
The Union of the employees of the hospital said that the “behaviour” shameful and disgusting” should be treated quickly.
The BC Nurses ’Union has offered its support to the investigation and said the union was committed to combating racism, but refused to comment further until after the investigation.
Prime minister John Horgan has condemned the actions alleged in a press release: “I am shocked by reports of racist behaviour and ugly and anti-indigenous in several health facilities in British Columbia,” he said. “This behavior degrades the standards and provisions of health care in our province. It can’t hold. There is no excuse. ”
A day earlier, the prime minister said that the province should begin to collect data on race and ethnicity between the departments to help inform government policy. He asked the guard dog of the private life of the province to help find a way to enable the collection of data.
Mr. Dix refused to say where the alleged incidents took place or when, saying that nobody had been sanctioned and that the allegations had not been proven.
He said that he wanted to await the conclusions of Ms. Turpel-Lafond, the first aboriginal woman appointed to the bench of the provincial of Saskatchewan, and has earned a reputation as the investigator strong and fearless when she was the first representative of British Columbia for the children and young people.
“She will follow the facts where they lead,” said Mr. Ten journalists. He said that he would make his conclusions public.
Mr Dix stated that the allegations underscore a broader problem. “It is undeniable that some people have suffered in our province of systemic racism in many areas, and health care are part of it.”
Mr. Fountain said that a report of march 2019 of the Provincial Health Services Authority has revealed that the indigenous people are confronted with racism when they request medical care. He has said that he expects the inquiry of the province shall examine the incidents described in this report.
“I don’t know why we would not be able to do this when this report was compiled,” he said. “I hope that Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond will discover who was aware of these reports, when the a-t-we-known, why no action has been taken and why are we talking about in June 2020, while everything has been catalogued for months or even years.
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