Congressman Jim McGovern, Greenfield elected officials endorse and rally in support of Question 1

Press release: On Friday, October 19, Congressman Jim McGovern, along with other elected officials and several members of the Committee to Ensure Safe Patient Care, held a “Yes on One” rally, standout and canvassing blitz.The rally was held to draw public attention to the fact that, despite claims from the opposition, Question 1, An Act Relative to Patient Safety and Hospital Transparency (the Patient Safety Act), is needed in order to improve care for hospital patients.

View video of Congressman McGovern’s remarks.

“I’m grateful for the lifesaving work that you [nurses] do, and this is an important battle,” said Congressman McGovern. “Campaigns are tough, especially when people misrepresent the facts. It seems more and more people are coming to realize that Safe Patient Limits make sense. So far the opposition has spent millions of dollars that’s not going towards hiring more nurses, or better care for patients. Its going towards an ad campaign. Think about that. And they tell us they don’t have the money.”

Congressman McGovern was joined by a number of other elected officials in support of Question 1, including: State Representative Paul Mark; Rudy Renaud, President of Greenfield Town Council; Otis Wheeler, Greenfield Town Councilor; Doug Mayo, Greenfield Town Councilor; Sheila Gilmour, Greenfield Town Councilor; Alisa Klein, Northampton City Councilor; Lindsay Sabadosa, candidate for State Representative, 1st Hampshire District; and Jo Comerford, candidate for State Senate, Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester District.

For nearly two decades, Registered Nurses in Massachusetts hospitals have been reporting they regularly must care for too many patients at once. Research studies from more than 70 peer-reviewed journals ( have repeatedly proven that when a nurse’s patient assignment is too large, patients’ health, safety, and outcomes suffer. Even with such facts, data, and firsthand stories in place, hospital executives have refused to make the necessary improvements to nurses’ patient assignments. In response, nurses have opted to take the issue directly to Massachusetts voters in the form of Question 1, which will set a safe maximum limit on the number of patients assigned to a nurse at one time. In response, the hospital industry and its paid executives have spent millions of taxpayer dollars on an opposition campaign that is meant to intentionally confuse voters with lies and inaccurate data.

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