Maine Hospital Suspends Emergency-Level Care Over Staffing Shortage

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A infirmary successful Maine announced it would suspend emergency-level attraction astatine its walk-in determination owed to a staffing shortage, coming astir a week aft a installation successful Minnesota suspended its urgent attraction and exigency country service.

York Hospital said it is suspending exigency attraction astatine the Wells, Maine, installation starting Oct. 25.

“York Hospital successful Wells volition temporarily suspend emergency-level care,” the infirmary said successful a statement. “Wells Walk-In Care volition proceed to connection urgent attraction to each patients” 7 days per week but won’t run 24 hours per day.

“If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms (severe pain, trouble breathing) delight dial 911 oregon sojourn our Emergency Department located connected our York campus,” it said.

A spokesperson for the hospital, Jean Kolak, told section media that an unspecified staffing shortage prompted the closure but stressed that Maine’s pending vaccine mandate isn’t the crushed why. The Epoch Times has contacted the installation for further comment, including however agelong the suspensions of services volition last.

The staffing shortage, she stressed to the Portsmouth Herald, is portion of a broader staffing contented that has impacted healthcare providers for the past 2 years astir the United States and Maine.

“Universally, wellness attraction has seen their workers leaving for different industries, retiring aboriginal and particularly successful nursing, taking connected ‘traveler opportunities,'” Kolak said, though she did not accidental however galore employees discontinue implicit the state’s mandate. About 98 percent of the hospital’s employees are vaccinated, she said.

Earlier this week,  Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer rejected a petition from thousands of healthcare workers who entity to the Maine vaccine mandate connected spiritual grounds. Unlike astir different states and cities, Maine’s mandate does not let for healthcare workers to opt retired of the vaccine with a spiritual exemption, lone a aesculapian one.

Breyer, however, wrote that legal assistance radical Liberty Counsel, who is representing the nurses, tin record different exigency injunction. Breyer ordered Mills and different apical Maine officials to respond to Liberty Counsel’s petition by Oct. 25, according to the group.

The radical told The Epoch Times that it volition record a petition for a writ of certiorari asking the Supreme Court to review the lawsuit since determination is present a divided successful the circuits. Maine’s vaccine request volition statesman Oct. 29.

“Liberty Counsel volition besides record the petition for writ of certiorari connected behalf of much than 2,000 Maine wellness attraction workers asking the High Court to reappraisal the lawsuit since determination is present a divided successful the circuits, with the First Circuit (governing Maine) denying injunctive alleviation and the Second Circuit (governing New York), granting injunctive alleviation regarding virtually identical factual and ineligible issues,” it said.

Earlier successful October, a three-judge sheet successful Boston connected Friday rejected a akin exigency question that appealed against Maine’s pending mandate.

Meanwhile, a infirmary successful Minnesota announced Oct. 18 it would suspend its exigency country and urgent attraction services owed to a nurses’ strike. Allina Health, located successful Plymouth, told The Epoch Times that owed to the strike, exigency and urgent attraction services astatine its WestHealth determination were suspended from Sunday greeting until Wednesday.

Jack Phillips

Jack Phillips

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Jack Phillips is simply a breaking quality newsman astatine The Epoch Times based successful New York.