Many of the complaints being investigated by the state at this hospital came from the families of pts who died or contracted serious infections there. A common complaint was about unclean, unsanitary conditions. Even still, the hospital continued to lay off ancillary & housekeeping workers - having the nerve to say their absence will not negatively affect pt care. I wonder if any of them are reading the news reports this week:
Hospitals' hidden killers: More germs are taking patients' lives
<<Because of cost-cutting measures, U.S. hospitals have collectively pared cleaning staffs by 25 percent since 1995. During the same period, half of the nation's hospitals have been cited for failing to properly sanitize portions of their facilities.
Hospitals are required to have professional staffs devoted to tracking and reducing infections, but rampant payroll cutbacks have gutted those efforts. These staffs have been reduced an average of 20 percent nationally in just the last three years.........
The American Hospital Association said the last decade of unprecedented cost-cutting and financial instability has impacted all areas of hospital care, including infection control
Nurses, in particular, say staffing cutbacks have made the most basic requirements of their jobs difficult to fulfill, and a survey by the Harvard School of Public Health recently linked nurse staffing levels to hospital-acquired infections.......>>
(gee........ funny how they can be in 'financial instability' when they still rake in millions in salaries, pensions, & perks for themselves?)