Gatsas Statement On Failure Of Executive Council Missing Warning Signs Before Approving NH Hospital Staffing Contract

MANCHESTER, NH — Republican candidate for governor and Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas today released the following statement today about the Governor and Executive Council missing clear warning signs before approving a staffing contract for New Hampshire Hospital. The Concord Monitor reports today that Executive Councilor Chirs Sununu was “floored” that the organization was laying off hundreds of workers:

“The job of the Executive Council is to serve as a watchdog and ensure that state contracts serve the best interests of New Hampshire citizens. It’s clear that Councilors Chris Sununu and Colin Van Ostern were asleep at the switch when they rubber-stamped a staffing contract with Dartmouth Hitchcock that Governor Hasan rammed through the council this week.

“For weeks there have been questions about Dartmouth Hitchcock’s ability to provide appropriate staffing levels at the New Hampshire State Hospital. If the Executive Council had not rushed this contract through and followed my original request and waited for the conclusion of the investigation following the suicide of a Nashua woman after her release from the hospital, and recognized the additional warning signs before approving this contract, the state would not be in this position.

“Its clear that Councilors Chris Sununu and Colin Van Ostern were asleep at the switch and ignored these glaring warning signs and caved into pressure from the Hassan administration.”

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