A recent article published by the Los Angeles Times discussed the staffing shortages of physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. The story also touched on the ‘burnout’ that is further advancing the issue.
Hospital and medical facility administrators are already faced with shortages of staff for their clinics, and next year when the bulk of the Affordable Care Act takes effect, the problem is expected to advance, according to the article.
Facilities are expected to get an influx of new patients when healthcare reform is enacted, and providers are stepping up recruitment and trying to retain those patients they already have. But burnout is common, and staff members often leave for less-stressful, higher-paying positions elsewhere.
There is a nationwide push to lower healthcare costs, and the Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Carter Mario Law Firm understand that sometimes, even the most well-meaning healthcare worker can make a mistake that could injure a patient if they are overworked and stressed.
The Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers with Carter Mario Law Firm believe that doctors and medical staff have a responsibility to protect the well-being of patients. Failure to do so from burnout, stress, or other conditions could be considered negligent, and anyone who has suffered because of such a mistake is encouraged by the firm to explore their legal rights.