Canadian province investigates racist 'game' played by hospital staff
British Columbia Minister of Health Adrian Dix said the behavior was "intolerable".
A Canadian province is investigating claims that health workers played a racist "game" by betting on the blood alcohol level of indigenous patients.
The allegations involving employees in at least one British Columbia hospital became known after a community leader filed a complaint on Thursday.
Health Minister Adrian Dix called the allegations "hideous" and has hired an independent investigator.
He would not say which hospital was mentioned in the complaint.
"The claim is that a game was played to test the blood alcohol level of emergency room patients, especially indigenous people and maybe others. And if it is true, it is unbearable and racist and of course has a profound effect on patients." Worry, "Mr. Dix said at a press conference on Friday. He didn't say whether any employees were subject to disciplinary measures.
The game was supposedly named "The Price is Right" after the popular game show. Employees lost if they suspected the actual blood alcohol limit. The game was played when indigenous patients were hospitalized, but other races could have been targets, Dix said.
A hospital was mentioned in the original complaint, but he said the investigation would address racism allegations from employees across the healthcare system and he expected further issues to come to light.
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, the former representative for children and adolescents in the province, will lead the investigation.
The complaint was filed by Métis Nation British Columbia's CEO, Daniel Fontaine, after a health care worker mentioned the game during an indigenous cultural security training in San'yas.
He was not surprised and the government had known health racism for years.
"There is something seriously wrong here besides The Price is Right. The Price is Right is just a game," he told CBC.
A 2019 Canadian Cancer Partnership report found that eliminating racism would improve cancer outcomes as patients were more likely to trust their healthcare providers.
A 2015 national report titled First Peoples, Second-Class Treatment found that racism against indigenous peoples in health care contributed to their overall poorer health outcomes compared to non-indigenous Canadians.
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