Committee Says Nursing Home Staff Shortage Impacted COVID Response


Committee Chairman Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., adjusts his protective face mask as he chairs a House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing on the response "The Administration Response to Ongoing Shortages of PPE and Critical Medical Supplies", Thursday, July 2, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool via AP)
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The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis recently uncovered important information related to the pandemic. According to a news release from the subcommittee, during the early months of the pandemic many nursing homes were severely understaffed which led to deficient care, neglect, and negative health outcomes for residents.

Several facilities reported an insufficient number of nurses and certified nursing assistants, which meant some staffers had to care for dozens of residents at one time.

During a heated exchange between Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C), who chairs the subcommittee, and Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Clyburn said, “[Jim] Jordan, I think you know, that I’m not gonna tolerate that. No one has disrupted you.”

This led to back and forth comments about the line of questioning and Jordan saying, “I wanna raise the fundamental question why won’t this committee look at how this thing started?”

Clyburn ended the exchange with, “I answered your question and you aren’t gonna ask a question again now.”

Click play to listen to the AURN News report from Jamie Jackson:

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