Last year we published The Vice Guide to Surviving A&E written by Viceland reader Sally, a receptionist in the casualty department of a London hospital. It was an expert rant through a dozen practical ways the public can help A&E run more smoothly. Then last week Sally told us that her boss had found out about the story and sacked her. We were shocked that someone could be bullied out of their job for exposing flaws in the health service, so we called Sally to run us through what happened...
VICE: Sorry to hear you got sacked. What happened?
Sally: Well, my employers found out about the story because I left my internal email open after a night shift by mistake.
They looked through your email?
Yeah. My manager then found a story I'd cut and pasted from the net in my drafts which was full of swearing and sex etc. She suspended me because of this (though it was a draft and hadn't been sent or received). But then she examined all my internet activity and found that article, as I may have had a look or been showing it to someone.
Then what happened?
I was sent a letter claiming that it betrayed the trust of our patients and that it was derogatory. The letter said this amounted to gross misconduct so I handed in my notice rather than get sacked.
Are you bitter about the way you were treated?
Bitter? Like fucking earwax I am.