Baker: Some Hospitals Must Postpone Non-Essential Procedures

BOSTON (AP) – Governor Charlie Baker has announced an emergency order that will require any hospital or hospital system facing limited patient capacity to reduce non-essential, non-urgent scheduled procedures beginning Monday.

The goal of the order is to protect patients and the health care workforce–and to ensure capacity for immediate health care needs–in response to a range of challenges putting pressure on the state’s hospitals.

The guidance, developed by the administration and the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association, was based on several factors including what officials described as critical staff shortages stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

From The Associated Press

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