In light of a recent post on social media that senior officials at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) were mistreating staff, with the most recent being a nurse who had been undergoing her monthly cycle while on duty, the health facility has launched an investigation into the allegations.
The GPHC in a release on its Facebook page explained that the recent allegations on social media of mistreatment are being investigated and the appropriate actions will be taken.
According to the statement, “The Board and Administration of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) note the recent circulation on social media of posts by members of staff relating to allegations of mistreatment by their supervisors”.
“The GPHC has established mechanisms accessible to all staff for making complaints, conducting investigations and providing appropriate redress.
“At approximately 4:30 PM on Thursday, December 5, 2019, a matter allegedly involving [a] nursing assistant and some senior nursing personnel was brought to the attention of the Administration, and an investigation was instantly initiated,” the statement said.
“The general public is hereby assured that the allegations are being investigated and the appropriate action(s) will be taken in a timely manner.”
In closing, the statement stated that “The GPHC wishes to guarantee the public that it condemns all forms of misconduct and misuse of authority, and the Corporation remains committed to maintaining a healthy and productive work environment for all staff”.
Since the recent revelation, more nurses from the said hospital have been publicising other horrible experiences.
However, in the post the nurse claimed that after working a night shift, she was instructed to attend an early morning meeting with the male Director, however, she requested to go home and attend to herself first, since she was menstruating.
According to the nurse, the request was refused in the presence of other supervisors in a room where the meeting was supposedly taking place and the Director then insisted that sanitary napkins be brought to her to tidy up at work.
To make matters worse, the nurse claimed that the sanitary napkins were brought to her and she was then instructed to go to the washroom in the presence of a female supervisor and have the inspection done.
According to the post, as the nurse was about to change into the napkins, the senior nurse pulled her underwear and inspected to ensure she was indeed menstruating.
The nurse stated that she was humiliated, since her entire pride was striped at that moment. She further alleged that after visiting higher authorities at the Corporation, she is disappointed because the matter is not being taken seriously.