The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Maryland Hospital:
To “Do No Harm” Requires More Workers

May 23, 2022

Workers at University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center outside Washington, D.C. protested against understaffing in March. After one year of operation, the hospital just got a D grade from a national watchdog organization that rates hospital safety.

The hospital had high levels of patients getting bacterial infections from equipment or staff. Too many patients fell while unassisted. Too many patients developed blood clots and breathing problems, even compared with many other hospitals. All these problems happened because there weren’t enough workers in the building.

The facility’s owners had 543 million dollars to build the hospital. But they don’t have money to hire more staff? Staff whose job it is to keep patients healthy and safe!