Reforms Needed to Protect Coronavirus Public Health Whistleblowers

In an article published by The Hill today, whistleblower attorney Stephen M. Kohn discussed the need for public health and safety whistleblower laws to protect workers during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis.

Workers at hospitals, nursing homes, and community health clinics, who witness threats to patient health and public safety, lack whistleblower protection laws, Kohn says. Now, amid a public health emergency, reforms are needed more than ever.

“It often takes a crisis for Congress to recognize the need to enact effective whistleblower laws,” Kohn said. “We are in such a crisis today. The need is urgent.”

According to Kohn, creating a reporting system for public safety whistleblowers requires three main components:

“Congress is in the process of spending trillions of dollars in fighting the hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic. They need to take some time and enact a law to promote the reporting of threats to public health and patient safety. The basic structure of any such law is well established and proven to be successful. This structure is needed both in today’s battle against COVID-19 and tomorrow’s future health crises.”

Read the article: Fix the gaping hole in whistleblower protections: Public health and patient safety.

Photo by Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman and Airman 1st Class Cameron Otte, 60th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

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