Patient health and safety is our number one priority. The claims that patients are unsafe receiving care at Calais Community Hospital are completely unfounded. There are no staffing issues that should cause ANY concern for patient safety and our staffing ratios are at industry standard. Our staff receive training and updates yearly, as all clinical specialties across the nation do. In addition, at CCH union members even have access to monies each year to take additional trainings of their choice – however they rarely utilize the funds available to them. The union seems to be using the term “patient safety” as a smoke screen to unfairly worry our community members, as the standing issues on the negotiating table currently have nothing to do with staffing levels or training. Our staff are competent, compassionate, well trained and educated clinicians. They provide great care to patients, and community members should not hesitate to receive care at CCH.
The current realities the hospital, and the healthcare industry, is facing cannot be ignored. Sound financial management is critical to our ability to provide high quality health care to our patients and to keep jobs in the community. We are in this together and only together can we strengthen the hospital’s financial position so we can continue to provide great care to this community. We ask the Union members to join us in putting our patients first.
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