Overloaded WA hospitals no longer struggling with COVID, face other issues affecting care


Hospital officials and medical staff spoke to reporters Monday to give their sides of current working condi­tions in Washington state’s hospi­tals, and both groups are calling for legis­la­tion targeting two different issues resulting in the same problem: delayed care. 

While both agreed hospi­tals are overloaded, though no longer because of COVID-19, officials with the Washington State Hospital Associ­a­tion blame current regula­tions over transfer of patients who need to move into long-term care facil­i­ties, while three Washington health care unions blame critical staffing short­ages that started before the pandemic and have now spun into a cycle of lost workers due to burnout, retire­ment or high-paying traveling nurse programs.”

Also ran in Bellingham Herald and Tri-City Herald.



TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE: Overloaded WA hospitals no longer struggling with COVID, face other issues affecting care (12/13/21)