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asked in News & EventsCurrent Events · 2 months ago

why are they talking about laying off hospital workers and nurses right now?

is it because hospitals and clinics are empty and going out of business? why?

Update:

why they are not helping with the Covid 19 patients?

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  • 2 months ago
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     Hospitals have been laying off and furloughing nurses due to lost revenueHospital executives and analysts emphasize that not all the furloughed or fired workers are directly involved in treating covid-19 patients. Others say the furloughs help reduce the number of people in hospitals, slowing the spread of the virus.

    But the absences have put a strain on doctors, nurses and other health-care workers treating a surge of patients that has already stretched some health-care systems to the breaking point. Remaining front-line workers face longer hours, and some have seen their pay cut and benefits reduced. 

    For hospitals already in bad financial shape before the outbreak, the loss of income has raised doubts about their ability to keep treating patients.

    “I’m concerned about the [financially] weakest 25 percent of hospitals, because there’s no way the other hospitals can absorb their covid patients,” said John Fox, the CEO of Beaumont Health, Michigan’s largest hospital system.

    “If they start going down, that changes the whole algebra for the size of the system to handle the pandemic,” Fox added. He worries that a surge in patients could overwhelm more stable hospitals. “That’s when you’re treating people on the front lawn.”

    It has also made it harder for some hospitals to finance the considerable costs of treating covid-19 patients — from efforts to purchase personal protective equipment and ventilators to setting up drive-by testing sites.

    A report this week by the Inspector General for the Health and Human Services Department blamed the cash crunch for ill-timed layoffs and furloughs.

    “Hospitals reported laying off staff due to financial difficulties, which further exacerbated workforce shortages and the hospitals’ ability to care for covid-19 patients and the routine patient population,” the IG found.

    “One administrator stated that it had been ‘an absolute financial nightmare for hospitals.’ ”

    Michigan’s Beaumont is one of the more financially stable hospital systems in the country, Fox said. Under normal conditions, the company earns about $16 million each month in net operating income. But after postponing elective surgeries, Beaumont is losing about $100 million a month, he said.

    John Starcher, the chief executive of Bon Secours, told employees that system also was hemorrhaging about $100 million a month.

    Across Virginia, hospitals and health-care systems expect to lose a total of $600 million for the 30 days between late March and late April, said Julian Walker, spokesman for the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association.

    These experiences reflect the losses across the entire health-care system given the cancellation of nonessential procedures, analysts said. A typical hospital system with 1,000 beds and the ability to perform outpatient surgeries is predicted to lose around $140 million — half its operating revenue — over a three-month period, the Advisory Board, a consulting firm, reported this week.

    Further complicating problems has been the need to finance the purchase of additional equipment to protect staff and prepare for coronavirus patients.

    Facilities have spent large sums to create negative air pressure rooms, so infected patients can be effectively isolated from those who have not contracted the virus. Many have also set up drive-through clinics and tent facilities, further depleting their coffers, the IG found.

    “Hospitals noted sharp increases in prices for some equipment,” with one administrator reporting that masks that normally cost 50 cents each now sell for $6. Some hospitals are concerned vendors are buying up supplies to sell them at a higher cost, the IG found.

    Fox said he has seen price spikes for both goods and labor. In places where skilled workers are in demand, for instance, agency rates for nursing staff have doubled in the past three weeks, he said.

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  • 2 months ago

    Which country?

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Crap hospital workers and nurses are not being laid off.

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  • 2 months ago

    It is very bad to lay off hospital worker. Being hospital administration diploma holder, i believe that they should be given chance to provide the best service and help the patients fighting against corona virus....The authorities of hospital should give incentives for good performers. They should never fire people at the emergency situation like the present one.  

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Because many of the jobs are specialized, and not needed at the moment.  Plastic surgeons, for example, aren't needed in the current crisis.  And they can't be retrained to help in a time frame that's reasonable.  They'd be looking at several years of schooling.

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  • Pearl
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    2 months ago

    maybe they cant afford to pay them

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  • 2 months ago

    Because in many states the Governors ordered that only emergency treatment be given.  Most patients are not emergencies.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Because of the new penis cheese virus.

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  • Jeff D
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    2 months ago

    Because virtually all of the non-critical procedures have been suspended.  If you don't work in the ICU, trauma center, or maternity then you probably got laid off.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    The moronic democrats should be hung.

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