British Columbia said Friday it has launched an investigation into allegations of “game”, racist in a hospital, where employees would bet on the blood alcohol levels of patients, particularly those of aboriginal origin.
“According to these allegations, a game was organised to guess the level of alcohol in the blood of patients admitted to emergency departments, particularly for aboriginal people and may be other” origins, has explained that the provincial minister of Health, Adrian Dix, during a press conference.
“If this is true, it is intolerable, unacceptable, and racist,” he added, announcing the opening of an independent investigation into these allegations “very serious”. This survey has been entrusted to a former lawyer who will be responsible for the formulation of recommendations.
According to the association representing the métis nation in British Columbia, the game has been dubbed by employees “The right price”, in reference to a famous game show.
Doctors and nurses must try to guess the level of blood alcohol content of patients admitted to the emergency room and they believe themselves to be of aboriginal origin, as accurately as possible. The winner is the one who comes closest to the exact result, without exceeding it.
The minister Ten has not clarified whether the personal defendants to have participated in this “game” have been suspended from their functions or in what institution they work.
The association métis Nation of British Columbia, regretted that the aboriginal people are too often victims of prejudice” in the health system.
“The patients of First Nations, Métis, or Inuit in need of emergency medical care in British Columbia are often regarded as in a state of intoxication, and they refuse a medical evaluation, which contributes to the worsening of their state of health and leads to pain, unnecessary, or even death,” says the association.