M*A*S*H Mashed Under Heavy Bureaucracy

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    http://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/09/04/katrina.sick.redtape.ap/?section=cnn_latest

    It's a monument to modern engineering and a testament to the inginuity and preparedness of the Department of Homeland Security. Years after the last true M*A*S*H unit was decommissioned, a civilian version was build to prepare for disaster relief, natural or otherwise. This hospital was built and based in North Caroline. It employs around 100 doctors and once erected is a fully stocked, state-of-the-art hospital, capable of facilitating almost any kind of advanced surgury. It even puts many stationary hospitals to shame. Days before Katrina hit, all the doctors and staff members for this hospital recived phone calls and e-mails telling them it was time to deploy, so they hopped in their cars and met the convoy of equipment trucks in Louisianna not hours after the all clear had been given to enter the area. Despite what some have called a 'slow federal response' that should be blamed on Bush, FEMA, and anyone else located outside the disaster zone, this federally owned and operated hospital could have been set up and running inside the disaster zone mere hours after the hurricane had passed. However, it still sits idle and packed up 70 miles from NO, it's staff pacing and irritated at being unable to act. The reason it sits idly by is no fault of the feds. They've been deployed and the federal agent who gives the setup order is on site. The fact is, the state governments of Louisianna and Mississippi have both turned down numerous offers and will not allow the hospital to be set up and take on patients. Even as people are growing horribly sick and even dying all around them, the incompetant state governments, who have already threatened physical violence if they're blamed one more time, have refused to let a top-notch hospital set up, even temporarily, right in their back yard.

    Now, tell me again how this is the feds' fault.
     
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    I saw something about this today in the Trib. The docs are right there, but haven't been given the waivers to practice. This is nuts, as you have people that were in fragile health anyways from hospitals, nursing homes, homes for the aged, rehab. clinics, snakebites, and those needing regular meds that can't get them.
     

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