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Results of review of racism in B.C.’s health-care system to be released Monday


The Canadian Press

Posted November 30, 2020 12:31 pm

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The results of a racism review in B.C.’s health-care system are scheduled for release Monday.

Former children’s commissioner Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond conducted the review after allegations of racism in B.C. hospital emergency rooms arose earlier this year.

Health Minister Adrian Dix appointed Turpel-Lafond, also a former judge, to collect and assess the experiences of Indigenous, Metis and Inuit people when they access health care.

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Turpel-Lafond said the review will address specific incidents and gauge the extent of systemic and individual racism Indigenous people face when using the health-care system.

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In June, Dix said he was made aware of alleged “abhorrent practices” involving ER staff who would guess test results before they were confirmed of Indigenous people and perhaps others.

It was unclear then how many times the game has been played, where it has taken place, or how long it has been going on.

Métis Nation British Columbia CEO Daniel Fontaine said in June “there are documented cases with the government’s own health workers who are indicating that this is systemic and it will require some significant changes and it may even require some people being removed from the health-care system if, in fact, it can be proven that they were participating in racist activities.”

The report is expected to be released at 11 a.m. Monday.

© 2020 The Canadian Press

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