MNA Daily NewsScan, Sept. 27, 2012 – Hospital goes from “best staffed to worst staffed” in City

27 Sep

 

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LABOR

In an appalling display of dangerous mismanagement, UMass Memorial Medical Center has announced yet another round of layoffs, the sixth in two years, despite posting a profit last year and aiming to post a $60 million surplus this year; all the while slashing staff and transforming UMMMC from the best staffed to the worst staffed hospital in the City of Worcester.

The New York Times: CEOs and the Pay ‘Em or Lose ‘Em Myth.

Unlike in the past, this year’s Republican Platform does not contain any sympathetic nods to the nation’s labor unions, which have become among the Republicans’ most formidable political foes.

HEALTH CARE

Adding observation units in hospitals could save $4.6 million per facility and $3.1 billion nationally each year, according to a study.

Amid calls to rein in escalating healthcare costs, hospitals are marking up chemotherapy drug prices by two to 10 times their average retail price, the Charlotte Observer reported.

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