Seven of the health researchers wrongfully fired in 2012, along with the sister of the eighth, who killed himself, have written an open letter to Health Minister Terry Lake, calling for an independent inquiry.
It’s the first time Ramsay Hamdi, Robert Hart, Malcolm Maclure, Ron Mattson, David Scott, Rebecca Warburton and William Warburton have spoken collectively since their firings in 2012.
Some of them, who have been rehired, say an independent inquiry is needed to figure out how a program “designed to bring evidence to prescribing could be undone so quickly, and based on the government’s own public statements, mistakenly.”
The researchers say the inquiry should not be conducted by the Auditor General, considering that office was involved in the events that led to the dismissals.
They say it should be based on evidence and have subpoena powers and the ability to retrieve deleted documents.
Stephanie Smith, the president of the BC Government Employees Union, insists the organization did a good job representing their members’ interests.
Some of the fired workers have told CKNW that their union rep had no idea what was going on.
“This question about outside legal counsel versus having a union representative — the truth of the matter is that as it’s going through a grievance procedure, an outside court wouldn’t hear it until the grievance had been settled regardless.”
Smith repeated the union’s call for a public inquiry.