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SUPPORT AMENDMENT # 437 for Tewksbury Hospital: Maintaining Beds, Staffing, and Quality of Care
Governor Baker’s budget proposed to cut $3.5M from the Tewksbury Hospital budget- eliminating 12 beds and nearly 50 employees.
The House Ways and Means budget restores funding ($4M), but without specific protective language, there is nothing to stop the Baker Administration from moving ahead with eliminating beds and staff.
What can you do to help?
Contact your State Representative. You can find contact information here: http://capwiz.com/massnurses/home/
- Thank your Representative for restoring the funding that Governor Baker had tried to cut.
- Urge your Representative to support Representative James Miceli’s Amendment #437 to prevent any reduction in services at Tewksbury Hospital.
If this protective language is not included:
- There will be an additional burden on the patients and their families
- The quality of care will be diminished
- It will result in higher costs. The beds slated for closure by Governor Baker are geriatric beds, which means that these patients would most likely be transferred to nursing homes- at a much higher cost.
- Patients will have nowhere to go. Some of these patients, nursing homes would not even be an option due to the patient’s complex medical needs or significant mental health needs.