B.C. doctor fired for refusing COVID-19 shot loses bid to get hospital privileges back – CBC

Dr. Theresa Szezepaniak was fired from Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops in 2021

Dec 04, 2023

A B.C. doctor who was fired after refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19 has lost her bid to get her hospital privileges back.

The Hospital Appeal Board has found that Dr. Theresa Szezepaniak’s refusal of the shot in 2021 amounted to neglect of her obligations as a hospitalist at Royal Inland Hospital, and the decision to take action on her privileges was appropriate.

Szezepaniak’s contract with Interior Health (IH) was terminated on Nov. 16, 2021 after she declined the vaccine, which was required to continue working in B.C. hospitals under an order from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. Her privileges, which granted her the right to provide care at Royal Inland, were officially cancelled by the health authority in August 2022.

“The appellant [Szezepaniak] says that IH is required to respect her exercise of her Charter rights,” an appeal board panel wrote in a Nov. 20 decision.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/theresa-szezepaniak-bc-hospital-appeal-board-covid-vaccine-1.7046988

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