Local doctor upset with governor’s COVID-19 healthcare guidelines

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"Frankly I’m angry."

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — A Fayetteville doctor weighs in on Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s new healthcare guidelines.

UAMS Chancellor Dr. Patterson said a lot of frontline healthcare workers are having to quarantine (400 at UAMS alone).

Essential healthcare workers may be PCR tested five to seven days after exposure, and if it comes back negative, they can go back to work with enhanced precautions.

If a hospital is desperate for workers, which hasn’t happened, then COVID-infected workers can return only if they’re working with infected patients.

Dr. Stephen Hennigan said he is angry at the Governor’s response to the pandemic and suggests the state offers hazard pay to healthcare workers.

Frankly I’m angry. I’ve tried to be gracious towards the Governor and his transparent efforts which have repeatedly prioritized the economy over the health of Arkansans. We now are facing the consequences [of] his choices. The situation has become dire and those who must sacrifice are the healthcare workers. This isn’t fair to ask this of those who are already bearing the weight of this pandemic.  But we may have no choice. Shame on Governor Hutchinson. He saw this coming as did we all and now we are here. My only suggestion is that the state offer up hazard pay to its healthcare workers.

Dr. Stephen Hennigan

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