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Leaked memo reveals the US' largest health system could fire nurses who post coronavirus policies on social media a?? and a nurse has already been suspended without pay

Leaked memo reveals the US' largest health system could fire nurses who post coronavirus policies on social media a?? and a nurse has already been suspended without pay
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HCA Healthcare, the largest hospital system in the country, sent an internal email on March 24 regarding its employee social media policy during the coronavirus outbreak.




The email, reviewed by Business Insider, revealed the company could fire employees who spoke to media or posted on social media about the health system's coronavirus policy.




One nurse told Business Insider that HCA Healthcare has already suspended her for violating the social media policy in a post in a private Facebook group.




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The largest healthcare system in the US has told employees that it will fire nurses and doctors who speak publicly about its policies regarding the novel coronavirus outbreak, according to an internal memo reviewed by Business Insider.
HCA Healthcare, the country's largest health system, with 185 hospitals in 20 states, sent an email to employees on March 24 that added new guidelines for social media and media inquiries during the coronavirus pandemic. The email said HCA employees could get disciplined or even fired for posting information on social media about its policies regarding treatment of coronavirus patients. The health system also barred employees from speaking to journalists about the virus without explicit permission from HCA's communications director.
One nurse, Jhonna Porter, told Business Insider that HCA Healthcare has already suspended her for violating these new guidelines, and did so retroactively, for activity of hers that predated March 24. Porter, a charge nurse at West Hills Hospital, said HCA Healthcare suspended her without pay on March 25, just a day after it had sent the email updating its social media policy.
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