“This Is Unacceptable & Highly Inappropriate”

October 21, 2021

In some instances, our healthcare workers have been “verbally abused and mistreated” Minister of Health Kim Wilson said, adding that this is “unacceptable and highly inappropriate and unfair to those hard-working people who tirelessly fight this pandemic.”

Speaking at last night’s [Oct 20] press conference, Minister Wilson said, “Another matter I want to raise before I end is the occurrence of members of the public threatening and intimidating many of our healthcare workers.

“In some instances, they are verbally abused and mistreated – this is unacceptable and highly inappropriate and unfair to those hard-working people who tirelessly fight this pandemic. They are protecting the health and welfare of our community.

“A recent New York Times article reported that “public health agencies [in the US] have seen a staggering exodus of exhausted and demoralised staff, in part because of abuse and threats”.  The article stated that “local health officials described increasingly poisonous encounters with the public, where people in the community yell at you, threaten you or lie directly to you”.

“This unfortunate behaviour is also happening in our community. Not as widespread as in other countries, but nonetheless, our healthcare workers, call-centre workers, contact tracers and many others are being harassed.

“Bermuda, we must do better. Public health workers and public health measures are not the problems; the virus is the problem. This pandemic is brutal on everyone, especially healthcare workers working so hard to protect us and caring for those suffering from Covid. Let’s show them the compassion that they all deserve it.”

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  1. Dale Butler says:

    Often coming from those who have all the answers on the talk show and say they can do better but behave like idiots. I just walk away when they behave like that. It is totally out of control.

  2. Ringmaster says:

    This is like trying to get the idiots on the road to behave. They don’t listen. Arrest and charge anyone insulting a healthcare worker and hope the courts punish them.

  3. Really says:

    All those that are verbally abusing and mistreating any of the healthcare workers should be jailed for 1 year.

  4. Vida Smtih says:

    You cannot fix stupid,they are just attention seekers.

  5. Jay Correia says:

    I totally concur and I would also add that hospitality workers are daily disrespected and verbally abused by those members of the public who are unhappy with the protocols we are required to follow. It is shocking at times to see how easy it is for some people to say the most horrible things to our front line workers. As minister Wilson stated “we must do better”.

  6. jon says:

    This is disgusting behavior indeed, but what about those same healthcare workers being threatened to be fired if they don’t get vaccinated. Is that kind of abuse acceptable?

  7. Just Saying says:

    Is this the same group of health care workers protesting mandatory vaccination and being mistreated by their employers and the city/state officials, or is it a different group?