Bursting at the seams.' WA hospitals feel the pinch of long-term care shortages


It’s been an ongoing problem, ampli­fied by the pandemic: hospi­tals in Washington state are overrun and overwhelmed. But right now, it’s not because of Covid patients. Our hospi­tals are bursting at the seams,’ said Taya Briley, vice presi­dent and general counsel for the Washington State Hospital Associ­a­tion during a press confer­ence Monday morning.”

Health care unions also have plans to lobby state lawmakers for solutions to staffing and capacity issues.

“‘We are here to issue an urgent call to the state legis­la­ture to pass common sense legis­la­tion for safe staffing standards, that enable health care workers to do their job safely and give patients the care they deserve,’ said regis­tered nurse Diane Sosne during a press confer­ence Monday announcing a new WA Safe + Healthy’ campaign. The campaign is led by a coali­tion of health care workers unions.”


KUOW: Bursting at the seams.' WA hospitals feel the pinch of long-term care shortages (12/13/21)