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Some Hospitals Are Firing Doctors for Wearing Masks

Reports of doctors and nurses losing their jobs after wearing face masks in hospital hallways have been making the news. As health care workers are on the front lines of caring for highly contagious individuals, many have resorted to finding their own face mask and wearing it while at work. NPR tells the story of one traveling physician, Dr. Neilly Buckalew, who was assigned to Saint Alphonsus Regional Rehabilitation Hospital in Boise, Idaho.6 She purchased and brought her own PPE and N95 mask to work. On her first day, she was ordered to take it off. The reasons the hospital administrators gave kept changing, but she was told if she wore the mask she would have to leave. She refused and was terminated. Read more....

 

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