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Ex-Sinai Grace nurses file suit, allege hospital understaffing 'resulted in the death of patients'

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Three nurses and a clinical coordinator at DMC Sinai Grace Hospital have filed a lawsuit against the Detroit Medical Center and the Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare alleging they were fired for speaking out about the conditions inside the hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: New Group Stands Up for Clinicians Facing Retaliation Over PPE

The new organization — named Beacon — quickly mobilized, assembled their team, and launched a website. Beacon's first project now aims to highlight and protect the legal rights of medical professionals who speak out about personal protection equipment (PPE) supply and other matters of public concern related to coronavirus.
In recent months, health care professionals have reported being reprimanded or even terminated for publicly discussing PPE shortages or sharing safety concerns. Other clinicians say they can't share their experiences for fear of reprisal by their hospitals.

US doctor who spoke out about Covid-19 safety sues hospital that fired him

An emergency room doctor fired after speaking out about the lack of coronavirus safety protections at his workplace in Washington state is suing the hospital for wrongful termination.

Healthcare Workers Are Vulnerable to Suicide. COVID-19 Could Make It Worse

"With healthcare workers already in a dire mental health crisis, and with few options for getting help, a deadly pandemic of a new virus is a recipe for an even worse mental health crisis."

Substantial investment needed to avert mental health crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting the need to urgently increase investment in services for mental health or risk a massive increase in mental health conditions in the coming months, according to a policy brief on COVID-19 and mental health issued by the United Nations today.

“The impact of the pandemic on people’s mental health is already extremely concerning,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization. “Social isolation, fear of contagion, and loss of family members is compounded by the distress caused by loss of income and often employment.”

Infecting the mind: Burnout in health care workers during COVID-19

Doctors and nurses across the country are experiencing occupational burnout and fatigue from the increased stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A team of researchers and medical professionals are working together to fight two afflictions: COVID-19 and the mental strain experienced by medical professionals.

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