Here's an email I just sent to a reporter at our local paper:
I am writing to you because I met you once when you were working on a story.
If this subject isn't of interest to you, perhaps you will pass it on?
From time to time, the _________ has carried stories about poor patient
care in nursing homes. But, did you realize that people are dying because
There's been a lot said recently about the nursing shortage. Do you
understand why there is a shortage of nurses? Do you understand why there
is poor care in hospitals and nursing homes? When the ______ covers these
stories, why haven't you asked the nurses who have left, why they left the
particular nursing home or facility or hospital?
The simple truth is that there is NOT a shortage of nurses or staffing;
there is simply a shortage of nurses willing to work in nursing anymore.
Studies have been done which show this without doubt!
Retaliation to those who report poor care, poor working conditions, heavy
workloads, poor benefits, poor wages compared with other occupations,
mandatory overtime, burn-out, etc. all contribute to the problem.
Ironically, during this same time, large corporations are showing record
profits. Legislation and watch dog agencies have no way to enforce
standards of care because these large corporations expect to be sued and
fined, so they keep large "liability accounts" to pay off the results of the
poor care: the harm and deaths.
Profit is the ends and the means with consolidation of health care
corporations quickly causing a monopoly not unlike a Microsoft situation,
where a few very strong healthcare corporations are beginning to control the
entire industry. Studies have been done which show this!
Healthcare is one of the few "profit" industries that are consistently
allowed to produce an unsafe, inferior "product." Firestone came under great
disrepute for doing this. Enron did, too. If Chrysler manufactured an
automobile that killed people because it was manufactured so substandard
that it caused many, provable deaths, there would be such a public outcry .
. . Or what if the pharmaceutical industry produced a medication that was
causing provable deaths? Would the FDA respond? Would there be class-action
lawsuits? You bet!
But, in healthcare, the end "product" is the same: provable deaths. Yet,
Congress consistently makes great speeches (when CNN or primetime CSPAN is
there), but their sole contribution to this issue in the 107th Congress was
to pass the Nurse Reinvestment Act, a bill without clear appropriation for
it. The rest of the bills to benefit nurses that were introduced in the
107th Congress will quietly go away at the urging of the lobbyists and PACs
of the huge healthcare corporations unless a lot of people start hollering
very loudly and very persistently.
The public is blissfully unaware that their lives are in jeapordy the moment
they need health care. They trust the hospitals and nursing homes to take
care of their health needs, but these are needs that cannot be met.
The issue of the nursing shortage and the reasons for it affect the safety
of the entire population! The plight of nurses affect every man, woman, and
child in this country; yet this issue is consistently ignored in the media.
Frequently, this is because major advertizers are the very healthcare
corporations who perpetuate the problem. Why alienate your advertizers?
Because people are dying.
The public has got to be educated. At this point, they accept the deaths of
their loved ones as inevitable and do not see the root cause of these
premature deaths, nor can they understand the sequence of events that led up
to them . . . simply because they aren't nurses.
This is the biggest travesty, the biggest fraud, ever perpetrated upon the
public. It is tantamount to mass murder, or at least mass negligent
homicides. Yet, the investors of these corporations are still going to get
their quarterly dividend check, their blood money.
Something is seriously wrong here.
Where else in America is a corporation or industry allowed to cause deaths
because of a greedy run for profit, without the slightest conscious?
The studies have been done. Yet, the public remains complacent, and the
If I can help you with more data, studies, information, please email me.