BOSTON (CBS) – Governors of New Hampshire and Maine on Wednesday Activate the National Guard on Wednesday to help at overcrowded hospitals amid a surge in the novel coronavirus. Will Massachusetts follow suit?
“At this point in the pandemic, I think people should be pretty clear that I’m going to use the National Guard when I think they’re appropriate to do practically anything,” Baker said in response to a question. reporters on Thursday. “We’re talking to them about this.”
Doctors told WBZ-TV that the current scramble to find patient beds is affecting “every aspect of patient care.” It’s not just coronavirus cases that overload the system, but a perfect storm of patients who are hospitalized longer, have difficulty finding rehabilitation spaces to discharge, and are short on staff.
Baker said he wanted to make sure that if he called the Guard, he wouldn’t pull Guard members who are healthcare workers out of their jobs.
“If there was a way that we could bring in the Guard and join the Guard as a back-up and support group to support what is happening in the healthcare system, we would certainly Will definitely pursue that and try to put it in place,” said Baker. “But I don’t want to end up in a situation where I’m actually taking ordinary people who are doctors, nurses and the like out of the existing health care system.”
As of Thursday, 93% of hospital beds and 85% of ICU beds in Massachusetts were filled.
https://boston.cbslocal.com/2021/12/09/national-guard-massachusetts-health-care-charlie-baker-hospitals/ Baker Talks to the National Guard about Supporting an Overburdened Health Care System – CBS Boston