New evidence that hospital pressured to axe doctor who criticized Ford government on pandemic - 2022-03-29
In a pandemic it's easy to lose track of what happened, and where we've been. It's been more than a year since Dr. Brooks Fallis was suddenly fired in January as interim head of critical care at William Osler Health System, in the hardest-hit part of Ontario. Fallis was respected and admired by peers and employers. He was also a passionate, incisive critic of the government's pandemic response. One was given more weight by his bosses than the other.
"I think this is important," says Fallis. "Not because of me, or even because of Brampton, per se. But it's important."
When Fallis was fired, it seemed clear at the time that the hospital had reacted to government pressure, whether applied or implied. As first reported by the Star, the entire Osler critical care staff signed a letter strongly objecting to his demotion, and Fallis was told by hospital leadership his advocacy had put funding for the hospital — funding controlled by the provincial government — at risk.