An issue of grave concern!
The US nursing home deaths are rising, which is raising the total death toll to beyond what one could imagine. With so many deaths due to Coronavirus, nursing homes are in its grip too, which are raising grave concerns nationwide.
Nursing homes are now demanding to get immunity from malpractice as the workers at nursing home hospitals and care facilities fear the threat of lawsuits.
On the other hand, lawyers are coming forward to ask that why is urging for immunity from malpractice is a matter of concern for the health care facilities at all? Well-known lawyers in the country are raising their eyebrows on nursing homes saying, that these homes always had pleaded to get immunity, and now they are using the coronavirus outbreak as an excuse to fulfill their ulterior motives. Lawyers fear that if nursing homes are given immunity against malpractice, the safety of the patients will be on the line, and that should never be.
We have seen how ugly nursing malpractice turns out to be where the elderly are terrified, beaten, and ignored, leading to their sad demise. It concerns a person who is leaving his or her family member at a nursing home, only to later regret their decision.
Will giving the immunity be a wise decision on the part of Trump’s Government?
Some states have already passed the law for limited liability, which includes the hardest-hit New York City and the second in line, New Jersey.
Recently, The Pennsylvania Medical Society is asking Governor Tom Wolf to grant temporary immunity so that they can continue to serve the patients without fearing for the lawsuit.
The American Healthcare Association and the National Centres for Assisted Living (a group that represents healthcare facilities for more than 1500 nursing home facilities) are pressuring the Government to seek their support amid the pandemic for immunity of malpractice, protective medical gear, equipment, and more.
In response, Vice President of the United States, Pence has told that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is already working to supply all the requirements for the 15000+ nursing homes around the States.
The question arises, why are the healthcare facilities urging for immunity from malpractice amid the pandemic?
Many doctors and nurses have come forward to address the issues. Doctors and nurses who are not trained are working to help fight the novel coronavirus. They are working even in the conditions when there is no medical equipment, medical gear, masks, and gloves. Such situations make them vulnerable, as well as the people around them. Mistakes can happen, told the doctors as there is a situation that they have never dealt with in their lives before. Fighting for a deadly virus with no cure known and putting oneself in vulnerable situations is life-threatening, and we cannot ignore the consequences arising from it.
Doctors and nurses before treating or providing care for anything else than the coronavirus are difficult at the moment, and they fear that their patients can sue them for not responding or shifting the dates ahead.
Though healthcare workers have their points, we cannot neglect the bigger and worse outcomes that can be by giving a malpractice immunity. Already the death toll in nursing homes is rising where Massachusetts has reported with at least one patient in 77 percent of its nursing homes. Overall around the United States, 60 percent of the cases have been reported in nursing homes. It is of grave concern as nursing homes are the grounds for providing care to the elderly.