Hospital sacks 31 for benefits abuse

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A top Toronto hospital has fired dozens of employees after multiple claims – worth approximately $200,000 – were found to be in breach of the organization’s code of conduct.

St. Michael’s Hospital spokesperson Leslie Shepherd said in a statement that 31 employees were dismissed after “irregularities” were discovered during a routine audit.

“The hospital takes its role as custodian of the public trust very seriously,” St. Michael’s said in a statement. “We are continuing to work with SunLife, our benefits administrator, to ensure a thorough investigation.”

An internal memo sent by VP of HR Mary Madigan-Lee urged employees to use their benefits “respectfully” and pointed to its whistleblower policy which “is in place to allow staff, physicians and third-parties to raise an issue.”

The internal memo and hospital statement both stressed that no further information would be released while the matter is still under investigation.

  • mark on 2017-02-16 9:12:23 AM

    31 all gulity with firing?
    $6000 average each?
    Doubt if any more than 3 could be actually guilty since 31 staff are not likely to risk their $100,000 jobs for getting crowns covered.

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