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The phrase "holding the wall" hasn't really been used much in describing emergency services in Berkshire County. But, local EMS providers say that could be a real possibility if Question 1 is passed.
The term is used to describe any time when a patient is in the ambulance waiting to be ushered into the emergency department than is absolutely necessary. Ambulance companies don't want to be "holding the wall" but instead of getting the rig back into service.
Berkshire Medical Center officials estimate that it'll cost the hospital $22.8 million if Question 1 is passed.
Voters will be asked to vote yes or no on a question as to whether or not legally mandate specific ratios of registered nurses to patients. Berkshire Health Systems is opposing the question, fearing the costs will prove to be detrimental to service.
Question 1 was placed on the ballot by petition and spells out the maximum number of patients under a nurse's charge in acute care facilities.
Voting yes will institute the changes that will have to be implemented by Jan. 1, 2019, or at the expiration of any current nursing contract. Voting no will leave everything as it is.