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Opinion: Medicine not a ‘calling’ at Porter

I wish that Millard Cox’s March 17 letter to the editor on the failing health care system at Porter Hospital could be published again. Actually, the article should be printed over and over again, until the administration has been chagrined enough to reverse their dangerous actions.
A hospital taking health care benefits away from part-time workers is inhuman, and unbelievable. A hospital doing this to its own staff? Competent, able nurses being laid off also makes no sense in a facility that needs nothing less than qualified workers, and being replaced by others with fewer qualifications and experience for less money. Are we just a source of revenue or are we still people needing medical care?
Are we trying to be cost-effective so we can continue to pay the administration their $400,000 to $500,000 per annum?
Before Porter became corporate-thinking, my husband, who had a chronic disease, was treated at Porter Hospital for several years. I am forever grateful to the doctors, nurses and volunteers who took such heartfelt, wonderful care of him. When medicine was still considered a “calling” and not an industry.
I hope we can save Porter Hospital.
Pat Ullom
Orwell

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