An attendant is suing Alberta Wellbeing Administrations (AHS) for terminating her after she freely reprimanded AHS’ treatment of patient consideration during the pandemic and its treatment of unvaccinated patients and staff.
Debra Carritt claims that she first communicated her concerns through official channels, starting with her direct manager and working her way up to the health minister of the province. She turned to the media after that failed.
“Open discrimination, judgment, and hostility towards unvaccinated patients and staff” was one of her concerns regarding AHS, as outlined in her statement of claim, which she filed on March 17.
According to the claim, staff told patients in front of them that they should have to pay for their treatment if they were not vaccinated or that they should be “denied treatment up to and including death.” This abused the moral clinical standard of equivalent consideration for all, it says.
Carritt asserts that the COVID-vaccination policy implemented by AHS in September 2021 resulted in staff shortages, despite her previous warnings to AHS. She claimed that AHS ignored legitimate requests for vaccine accommodations, such as those made by staff members who were pregnant or breastfeeding and were concerned about the vaccine’s novel nature.
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According to the statement of claim, Carritt’s warnings were correct when AHS changed its vaccination policy in December 2021 to allow for targeted virus testing instead of vaccination due to a staff shortage.
She made ideas on the most proficient method to determine bed deficiencies and different issues of activity at AHS to all the more likely treat patients. She claimed that these issues were unresolved, which had an impact on the quality of care patients received.
According to the claim, she expressed her concerns because she had “an obligation to address situations where the public’s access to health care was not being fully realized.”
In the claim, Carritt describes her nearly 30-year career in the health care industry, which she began as a paramedic. She went through multiple training upgrades before joining AHS in 2012 as a registered nurse. Last year, she finished a Master’s in Nursing program.
According to the claim, “AHS is the only corporation in Alberta where Mrs. Carritt could reasonably be employed in her profession based on her training and experience” because of the company’s monopoly on health care services in Alberta and Mrs. Carritt’s specialized qualifications and experience.
It states that prior to the pandemic, she was not disciplined professionally, and she had never had issues with her supervisors. As a unit manager, she was in charge of supervising the work of other nurses and staff.
According to the claim, AHS submitted Carritt’s employment record with “erroneous and inflammatory allegations” and prevented her from receiving employment insurance.
Carritt claims that she was unfairly fired for “minor transgressions.” She remains by her meeting with Agitator News, which she says didn’t distort what is going on in AHS and included data that was at that point openly accessible.
On the website of the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA), a disciplinary decision against Carritt was posted in January 2022. After her media interview, it states that she agreed to write a reflective essay and pay a fine and that her “behavior constituted unprofessional conduct.”
“AHS failing to retract its erroneous CARNA complaint which led CARNA to publicly post Mrs. Carritt’s name and disciplinary decision, thereby harming Mrs. Carritt’s self-worth and reputation, which continues to cause Mrs. Carritt embarrassment and stress,” the statement of claim states, takes issue with this.
AHS didn’t promptly answer The Age Times demand for input on the claims in the claim.
Carritt seeks approximately $420,000 in lost pay, $250,000 in punitive and/or aggravated damages for wrongful termination, and approximately $3 million in negligence-related damages.