Ex-Nurse Allowed to Sue DHEC Director Templeton Over TB Outbreak - WSPA.com

Ex-Nurse Allowed to Sue DHEC Director Templeton Over TB Outbreak

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Director of South Carolina's Department of Health and Environmental Control, Catherine Templeton Director of South Carolina's Department of Health and Environmental Control, Catherine Templeton
GREENWOOD, S.C. - A judge has approved a motion to add the director of South Carolina's Department of Health and Environmental Control, Catherine Templeton, to a lawsuit connected to the tuberculosis outbreak at an elementary school.

The decision came Tuesday in Greenwood County.

A former DHEC nurse, Malinda Martin, filed the lawsuit in June. Martin, along with others, lost her job in May 2013 after Templeton said they weren't fast enough in handling the outbreak at Ninety Six Elementary.

"We feel everything that she state to the media is completely false," said Martin's attorney John Reckenbeil.

"We feel we've got everything to show it was her and her higher ups that weren't doing their job," he said.

A DHEC spokesman said the agency could not comment on pending litigation. 
Martin says she was told by DHEC not to test students.

Templeton is accused of defamation and slander for comments made about the fired nurses on TV, including on 7 On Your Side.

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