Doctor: Health care access ‘scary’ in parts of Mississippi

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www.wxxv25.com – Associated Press – 2023-01-13 13:13:09

A nurse shortage accelerated during the pandemic and the exodus has added further strain on the system in Mississippi. A spokesperson for the health department, Liz Sharlot, said 54% of rural hospitals are in danger of closure or downgrading existing services.

The Greenwood Leflore Hospital in the Delta has been teetering on the edge of permanent closure for months, in part because it can’t pay competitive wages to retain experienced nurses. Its potential closure threatens access to maternal health care just as the is expecting more births each year as a…

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