More than a year after being hailed as warriors for combating the COVID-19 epidemic on the front fields, U.S. medical workers are now being handed panic buttons in case of attack and are discarding their scrubs before venturing out in public for fear of harassment.
Patients furious about safety measures meant to keep the epidemic from spreading are attacking physicians and nurses across the country with hatred, threats, and violence.
Health Workers Facing Bully From The Public In The USA, Fears Going To Work
Dr. Stu Coffman, a Dallas-based urgent care physician, stated, “A year ago, we were health-care heroes, and everyone was cheering for us.” “And now we’re being bullied, disbelieved, and mocked in certain areas for what we’re trying to accomplish, which is basically depredatory.”
According to a spokesman for Cox Medical Center Branson in Missouri, panic buttons were given to up to 400 nurses and other workers after the number of attacks each year quadrupled between 2019 and 2020 to 123. After an attack, one nurse had to get her shoulder X-rayed.
Grieving family members who don’t think COVID-19 is genuine have accused doctors and nurses at a Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, hospital of killing victims, according to hospital spokesperson Caiti Bobbitt. Others have been the target of malicious falsehoods circulated by those who are outraged by the outbreak.
The health-care workers are very fearful of going back to the public after duty” Bobbitt said.
Another individual in a pickup truck ran over the clinic’s tent, damaging the signs.
In a poll conducted this month by an umbrella group of nurses unions throughout the United States, around three out of ten nurses said there had been an increase in violence where they work as a result of issues such as staff shortages and increased visitation restrictions. As per the National Nurses United poll of 5,000 nurses, this is up from 2 in 10 in March.
a proposal to divert $400 million in COVID relief funds to jail development, a proposal that has drawn national attention.
The bill was passed by a vote of 75 to 25 and now heads to the Senate.
Supporters of the prison construction bill, such as Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, chair of the House Ways and Means General Fund committee, argue that using money from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) will reduce the amount of money the state wants to borrow for the $1.3 billion projects and allow renovation to start shortly.
Clouse remarked following the decision on Wednesday, “It will assist in reducing interest expenses.” “It goes a great way toward getting us started, and it gets us started much early.”
State and national Democrats have chastised the usage of the funds. U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-New York, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, wrote to the Treasury Department requesting it to prohibit the money from being used for prisons, stating that the ARP money “should not be utilized to aggravate our national crisis of over-incarceration.”