Dr. Amanda Calhoun, a vocal advocate for combating anti-Black racism in the medical field, has proposed the mandatory use of body cameras by healthcare professionals to combat racism. Here’s the full story.
Dr. Calhoun’s advocacy for mandatory body cameras stems from her own experiences as a Black woman working within the healthcare system.
She Recounted Her Experience
In her opinion piece for The Boston Globe, she recounted instances of racial bias, derogatory comments, and unequal treatment towards Black patients by medical staff.
Racist Doctors and Nurses
She wrote, “I have heard White nurses joke that young Black children will probably join gangs and doctors describe the natural hair of Black people as “wild” and “unkempt.””
Wear Body Cameras
“If hospitals and medical institutions want to make good on those anti-racism statements made in 2020, prove it: Have healthcare professionals wear body cameras,” she added.
The Suggestion Has Mixed Views
Dr. Calhoun’s suggestion of implementing mandatory body cameras for healthcare professionals has sparked both support and skepticism.
Families Can Give Consent
While the idea might raise concerns regarding patient privacy, Dr. Calhoun proposes that families could give consent for the release of footage in cases involving complaints of racism.
An Uphill Battle
Despite her compelling arguments, Dr. Calhoun acknowledges the uphill battle her proposal might face.
Yale University, where she is a third-year resident doctor, has not indicated whether they will consider implementing body cameras.
The Importance of Technology
Citing the impact of body cameras on policing and police violence investigations, she highlighted how this technology can offer real-time insights into interactions between healthcare professionals and patients.
By holding healthcare professionals accountable for their actions, Dr. Calhoun envisions a shift towards a more just and unbiased medical environment.
Should Be Mandatory
One Twitter user wrote, “Can they. So we can catch neglected malpractice that goes on in the health industry! Should be mandatory in all rooms, and operating theaters.”
No Police State
Another User wrote, “HIPAA is unbelievably cumbersome and a pain in the rear sometimes, but thank goodness for it. Racism is terrible, but turning everything into a police state is not the way.”
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