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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.

More factual reasons to vote NO on Question 1

In her letter to the editor Rene Wood writes: "Voting NO on Question 1 doesn’t say we don’t value their dedication and care. It doesn’t mean we’re against nurses. It does mean nurse-to-patient ratios should not be one size fits all or mandatory."

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.”

Competing claims on Question 1 can be confusing

In a letter John Breasted writes: "The nurse staffing issues are complex. My own understanding of them has not been helped by soundbite-sized assertions about what the adoption of Question 1 would mean for patients."

Get the facts & vote NO on Question No. 1

In her letter Rene Wood writes: "Question No. 1 will undermine the financial stability of hospitals, especially nonprofit hospitals like our beloved Fairview Hospital."

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."
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