Vet's family wants 'French-only' orderly fired

John Gervais, 77, and Iris Beeler-Gervais, 75, are frustrated an orderly hasn't been fired after...

John Gervais, 77, and Iris Beeler-Gervais, 75, are frustrated an orderly hasn't been fired after John, who has terminal cancer, was ordered to speak French at the Hull Hospital. The Canadian Navy veteran has filed a complaint with the hospital's ombudsman, which is investigating the incident. MICHAEL AUBRY/QMI Agency

Michael Aubry, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:54 AM ET

OTTAWA - An orderly who screamed at a terminally ill veteran at the Hull, Que., hospital because he wasn't speaking French should be fired, his family insists.

"We won't be happy until we know that this man is not in a position to abuse families in vulnerable situations again," said Steve Long, son-in-law of John Gervais, 77, a Canadian Navy veteran dying of lung cancer.

"He needs to be fired."

It's difficult enough for John and his wife, Iris Beeler-Gervais, to spend their last weeks together.

But now every day at the hospital, they fear they'll see the orderly who screamed "This is Quebec!" and "I don't speak English" when they hoped to get admitted to the emergency room.

The orderly was disciplined and sent home the day of the Oct. 12 outburst, and now works on another floor, the hospital said Monday.

John's son-in-law Steve Long says it's not enough.

His mother nearly collapsed when she saw the orderly walking down a hospital corridor on Sunday.

"It upset her tremendously," Long said. "Just to see him reminds her of the situation and she had to sit down she was so upset."


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