According to the Washington Post on December 11th local time, an emergency room doctor in Yuma County, Arizona, was recently dismissed by the hospital because he revealed on Twitter that the state’s epidemic data did not match the facts. The doctor named Cliff Gilman has been fighting on the front line of the epidemic this year.
On November 22, Gilman’s hospital reached the limit of admission capacity. When he tried to transfer three severe COVID-19 patients who went to seek medical treatment, he learned that there was no more than one available ICU ward in Arizona.
At that time, real-time data showed that 10% of the ICU wards in the state were still vacant. Gillman later criticized this data on personal Twitter for its inconsistency with the facts. However, the next morning, Gilman was informed by the hospital that he had been fired.
Gilman said that his move was purely to tell people the truth about the epidemic and raise everyone’s awareness of protection, but he did not expect such unfair treatment. It is reported that there have been many similar dismissals in American medical institutions.
In March this year, a doctor in Seattle, Washington, USA, was dismissed for exposing the lack of protective measures in the emergency room of his hospital.
In May, employees of a hospital in Washington, D.C., were dismissed for exposure that the hospital lacked COVID-19 protection equipment. In response, Gilman said that hospitals used financial punishment to achieve the purpose of silence, resulting in doctors across the country no longer dare to tell the truth.