Provinces, territories urged to follow B.C. and investigate systemic racism in healthcare
2020-07-28 from theglobeandmail.com
Provinces and territories are facing calls from Indigenous experts to take British Columbia’s lead and consider launching investigations of systemic racism in health care institutions across the country.
Last month, B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix appointed Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond to lead an independent investigation into allegations of racism in the province’s health care system.
The investigation stems from allegations that doctors and nurses at one hospital were playing a game to guess blood-alcohol levels among Indigenous patients in an emergency room.
Senator Yvonne Boyer, who is a Métis lawyer and former nurse, said that she has heard similar stories over the span of her career.
Others provinces and territories should look at launching a similar type of investigation, she said.
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