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In an effort to help voters decide which candidate to select in the Nov. 6 election, WestfordCAT News is asking a question each week of those candidates who will represent Westford. The response below comes from Republican candidate for state Senate John MacDonald. Democratic candidate Edward J. Kennedy of Lowell did not respond to requests seeking comment.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What is your position on Question 1, a proposed law in Massachusetts that would limit patient to nurse ratios?
Here is the complete text of the question:
Democrat Edward J. Kennedy is a candidate for state Senate. He did not respond to two email requests seeking comment. COURTESY PHOTO
JOHN MACDONALD of Lowell
First Middlesex District
I will be voting NO on Question 1.
I agree with the American Nurses Association, the Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Nursing and many other organizations in saying no to this question. I oppose government-mandated nurse staffing ratios in every Massachusetts hospital, overriding the judgement of nurses and restricting access to healthcare services.
If passed the new mandates would dramatically increase emergency room wait times and would pass along added costs to patients in the form of higher insurance costs and taxes. A yes vote would mean adding $1 billion annually in mandated costs, crippling community hospitals and forcing some to close.
NO on 1!