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Canada Second Quebec health care worker fired after Indigenous woman's hospital death

01:36  02 october  2020
01:36  02 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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MONTREAL — A second health-care worker has been fired in connection with the treatment of an Indigenous woman who was subjected to degrading remarks in a hospital northeast of Montreal before she died.

  Second Quebec health care worker fired after Indigenous woman's hospital death © Provided by The Canadian Press

The regional health authority that represents the Joliette hospital confirmed today that a patient attendant who was at Joyce Echaquan's bedside has been fired.

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Echaquan' s death comes amid ongoing concerns over treatment of indigenous people in Canada, who make up about 5% of Canada' s nearly 37 million population. A 2019 Quebec government report found systemic discrimination against indigenous people accessing public services .

Disturbing video captures nurses in Canada taunting and berating a dying Indigenous woman in the Echaquan, a member of the Atikamekw Indigenous tribe found in Southwest Quebec , previously At least one of the nurses was fired following the incident, which was lambasted by Indigenous leaders

Before her death, the Atikamekw mother of seven filmed herself from her hospital bed while she was in clear distress and pleading for help.

Toward the end of the video, two female hospital staff can be seen entering her room and are heard making insulting comments towards Echaquan, who had been admitted with stomach pain.

The health authority previously confirmed that the nurse who was in the room was fired following the incident, which has prompted widespread public outrage and two separate investigations.

The health authority for the Lanaudiere region said in a statement that it was also working with members of the Atikamekw community to put in place concrete actions to prevent similar incidents in the future.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 1, 2020

The Canadian Press

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Dr. Pascale Breault's Indigenous patients at the health clinic in Manawan, Que., often begged her not to be sent to the hospital in Joliette, Que., for treatment, "for fear of not being understood, of not being heard, of being denigrated." The family physician shared her experience in a Facebook post this week, as the Atikamekw community mourned the loss of Joyce Echaquan, 37, who died on Sept. 28 at the Centre hospitalier de Lanaudière inDr. Pascale Breault's Indigenous patients at the health clinic in Manawan, Que., often begged her not to be sent to the hospital in Joliette, Que., for treatment, "for fear of not being understood, of not being heard, of being denigrated.

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