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Vote ‘no’ on Q1 and Protect Patient Care,

September 20, 2018

I am a director at Emerson Hospital and I am voting “no” on question 1 in November. As a health-care professional with over 25 years of experience, I believe rigid nurse staffing ratios will be bad for patients, nurses and hospitals.

We have some of the best hospitals in America, with consistently high-quality outcomes in every category. But we all know that hospitals are different across the state. Our hospital differs from those in Boston or the Berkshires.

If this proposal is passed, community hospitals will not have the staff resources or budgetary structures to support soaring staffing costs. At Emerson, the financial impact will be $9.2 million, and I fear there will be no way to avoid cutting vital health services and closing beds. Across the state, this will lead to increased wait times, decreased accessibility to care, and even hospital closures.

Don’t replace the judgment of dedicated, knowledgeable hospital nurses with strict, uniform standards that treat every patient, nurse, and hospital the same. Vote no on Question 1, because a patient is not a number.

TERRIE L. ENIS PT, MSPT

Westford

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