Northern Health urges people to be respectful as Kitimat care review proceeds

Kathy Brookes

The chair of the Northern Health Authority board says if racism played a role in the tragic loss of a baby in Kitimat and Terrace last month, it will be uncovered. 

The promise comes in an open letter signed by Colleen Nyce on behalf of the board, issued late yesterday afternoon.

The statement follows an interview given by Kitimat resident Sarah Morrison regarding her allegations about the care she received at the hospitals in Kitimat and Terrace after she went into labour. 

In her letter, Nyce alludes to harassment and threats directed at medical staff in response to the allegations. 

Nyce says it's not acceptable for hardworking teams of staff and medical professionals, who have dedicated their professional lives to caring for people, to be harassed, threatened and to have their reputations viciously attacked. 

She also says health care providers are bound by law to protect patient privacy and can't openly defend themselves from allegations.

She is urging people to be respectful and patient and allow the review and legal processes now underway to unfold. 

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