The province is investigating racist practices in B.C.’s health-care system in gentle of allegations emergency room employees had been enjoying a racist “recreation” to guess sufferers’ blood alcohol degree, significantly Indigenous folks.
Well being Minister Adrian Dix stated the allegations had been delivered to him final evening and he’s appointed Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, B.C.’s former consultant for kids and youth, to analyze.
“Enjoying a recreation of that kind is past unacceptable,” Dix stated at a teleconference Friday morning.
He didn’t say in the place the incident was alleged to have taken place.
If the allegations are true, the apply is “insupportable, unacceptable and racist and, in fact, affected profoundly affected person care,” Dix stated.
He stated the well being care employees being investigated haven’t been suspended or fired, saying it’s vital to find out the information through the course of the investigation.
The investigation will work in collaboration with First Nations councils and First Nations well being authorities to seek out the correct cures and reconciliation, Dix stated.
The allegations underscore that “systemic racism has not solely existed in our nation however exists in our nation,” he stated.
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