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When Things Go Wrong in Massachusetts, Fire the Employees, Not Carney HospitalMental health care in Massachusetts is sometimes a hit or miss proposition. Especially if you’re poor or indigent, or may present a danger to yourself or others.

For the 14-bed locked hospital unit at Carney — now owned by Steward Health Care — it apparently was such a “miss” proposition that they ended up sacking the entire staff. Yes, you heard me — all 29 psychiatric nurses and mental health counselors were let go about a month ago.

Is it possible that 29 different professionals really were responsible for the four complaints? Or is this a perfect example of incompetent management and senior hospital executives covering their asses, and trying to put the best foot forward to keep their beds licensed by the state?

Gee, I wonder.

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When Things Go Wrong in Massachusetts, Fire the Employees, Not Carney Hospital

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  1. This is a very disturbing revelation to read, and let me tell you as someone who has been around different venues of mental health in the past 10 years, it is becoming pervasive, as you have non-clinicians in charge of clinical care decisions.

    Again though, does a post like this get attention and intiate thoughtful and responsible action, or, just get buried under the glitz and gaudy stuff that the internet is known for these days?

    Deeds speak louder than words, true?

    By the way, how was this incident covered by the press in Massachusetts? Silence was probably not deafening in this case.

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