I was heartened by this quote from a Great Ormond Street Hospital press release regarding the shameless hostility one of it’s employees expressed on BBC Question Time. I include a line from this news story for context:
Angry viewers demanded the woman, said to be a language and speech therapist at the hospital, was sacked after she addressed the Question Time panel at the filming of the programme in Watford.
“We cannot comment on questions around personal conduct of individual members of staff.”
Of course I support the right of employers to fire whom the hell they like for whatever reason they like but the recent trend of “the public” demanding employees of X for reason Z (where Z is often some emotional nonsense) is really quite alarming. If someone is to be fired then it should be customary to think it through and weigh the matter carefully, so I am pleased Great Ormond Steet provided this refreshing break from the norm.
I wonder what would be said if a less popular organisation issued the same line?