Yuma ER physician who says he was fired after COVID-19 tweets, returns to work | Coronavirus in Arizona
YUMA, AZ (3TV / CBS 5) – A Yuma paramedic says he was discharged from the Yuma Regional Medical Center (YMRC) for talking about COVID-19 on social media from the front lines. But YRMC says he still works for the company they contracted with.
Dr. Cleavon Gilman’s November 22nd tweet about the lack of intensive care beds went viral and even caught the attention of President-elect Joe Biden and his transition team.
“I was just working and was notified that there are no ICU beds in the state of Arizona,” he said in his post.
Biden’s transition team tweeted a few days later a thank you to Gilman and “all the inspiring frontline workers,” including a video of the president-elect calling the doctor.
Oprah also tweeted their support for Gilman and even offered him a vacation in true Oprah form.
“We should take care of those who take care of us. Thank you [Dr. Cleavon Gilman] for the work you have done and will continue to do. Once this pandemic is over, you’ll need a vacation – and I’ll be happy to send you and your immediate family anywhere you want to go. I’ll get in touch. “
“The big problem we have on the front lines is if you say something – if you say something – your job is likely to fire you,” Gilman said in a television interview. “And then after you’ve treated the patients – intubated them, seen level dying – you can drive home past the gym, which is full of people [and] People eat in maskless. You know, it’s just a slap in the face here.
Although Gilman said he was told his services were no longer needed, YMRC says he still has a job and is due to be working this weekend. In a statement, YRMC called the situation a “misunderstanding”.
Declaration by YRMC
“It is clear that there has been a misunderstanding. Dr. Cleavon Gilman, who works at EmCare / Envision – a national company that contracts with YRMC, is scheduled to join YRMC this weekend.
“There is no question that our nation’s COVID situation is serious. While he is not speaking on behalf of YRMC, we respect Dr. Gilman’s right to share his personal perspective on the pandemic. This is a small community and YRMC is taking over takes its responsibility for protecting the private medical information of our patients very seriously.
“This is a hands on deck moment, in our emergency room and in thousands of others around the country. We need good caregivers here like Dr. Gilman to provide bedside patient care and the best possible care, and we are grateful for those who do it on the front lines every day. “
What Gilman wants
“We need a concerted, organized effort to fight this virus,” Gilman said. “That’s ridiculous.”
First, “we need a mask mandate across the state,” he said. “That’s just kind of a prerequisite (necessity) during a pandemic – you should have a mask mandate.”
Gilman also wants a four-week stay-at-home arrangement – including government pay for non-essential workers so they don’t have to worry about finances during that time.
Without a temporary shutdown, “the virus will implement its own shutdown,” he said.
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