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No on Question 1: Not a fit for the Berkshires

The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, an independent state agency, estimates that healthcare costs will increase between $676 million and $949 million annually if this initiative passes.

Question 1 would tie nurses’ hands, make practice impossible

Nurses have worked hard to advance our profession through education, advocacy, accountability and leadership. This law would set back the entire profession, and health care as a whole.

Question 1 threatens healthcare access for more than 30,000 CHP patients

In here letter to the editor, Lia Spiliotes writes: “Question 1 is a threat to Berkshire County’s overall community health.”

Say ‘no’ to Question 1: Here’s one good reason why

In a letter to the editor Dr. Brian Burke writes: "However, under the terms of the nurse staffing initiative, if you arrive at an emergency department at the wrong time, you may not be seen until and unless additional staff are brought in to restore the ratio."

After BMC nurses’ strike and lockout, four more questions

In his letter to the editor, John Breasted writes: “BHS should fully disclose the magnitude of the extra costs incurred in its four-day lockout, and the terms of its contract with the company that supplied its strike labor.”

BMC nurses union committee votes to authorize one-day strike

The strike will by necessity be considerably longer than one day. While "BMC will bring in experienced, qualified replacement nurses, the temporary nursing agency requires a minimum five-day contract." --- Berkshire Health Systems response to strike

As strike looms BMC nurses tell alarming stories about patient care

One BMC nurse said the situation has deteriorated to the point that many Berkshire County pediatricians are sending patients to Bay State Medical in Springfield out of frustration.

Is Berkshire Health Systems management putting patient safety at risk?

In his letter to the editor, John Breasted writes: “BHS management does a disservice to this public interest, and to the market of potential patients to which they so heavily advertise their services, when they blow rhetorical smoke around the contract issues.”

Short-staffing of nurses at BMC jeopardizes patient care

In her letter to the editor, Andrea Harrington writes: “I implore BMC to reach a fair agreement that provides nurses with tolerable working conditions that will ensure that patients receive the high quality health care that is so essential to all of us throughout the County.”
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