George Noorey


George Noorey

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(Olympia, WA)  --  Some GOP lawmakers are raising objections to Governor Jay Inslee's call for adding 60 employees to Washington's largest mental hospital to deal with unsafe conditions.  Inslee wants to add the staffers at Western State Hospital in response to a report by federal inspectors, who cited problems including a lack of properly-trained staff.  Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler told the "News Tribune" that basic infection control is one of the problem areas that won't be solved by adding more full-time employees.  Senate budget writer Andy Hill of Redmond is questioning whether more staff positions are needed, saying there are 300 vacancies caused by constant turnover at the hospital.

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