A plan to curb the number of beds available to emergency-room patients at one of the nation’s most prestigious hospitals has spurred a divisive internal debate that is being closely watched by hospital physicians across the country.
At issue at the University of Chicago Medical Center, located in the South Side’s Hyde Park neighborhood, is a proposal that could limit the number of beds available to emergency-room patients. In February, two high-ranking doctors quit their administrative posts to protest the plan, saying it could lengthen already long waiting times for patients who visit the ER.
“The current plans to cut our bed number further will make it more likely that only the poorest of the poor will be waiting prolonged hours for care, longer than will be safe,” wrote one of the doctors, Terry L. Vanden Hoek, in a Feb. 1 letter to the university’s dean of medical education.
Isn’t the people we have in the White House from the South Side’s Hyde Park neighborhood where they’re trying to curb the number of beds available to emergency-room patients? And these same people want us the American people to trust them to running our healthcare system? You have to be kidding!