ANNE CHRISTOPHER, ATLANTA
Hospital should move to restore public trust
Where is the accountability in the case of Mea Watkins (“Patient to staff: ‘PLEASE wash your hands … Please,’” Metro, Sept. 29)? Has this hospital’s management initiated more rigorous training (with teeth for enforcement) of all personnel to protect patients from horrific infections?
Northside’s response as reported was an insult to this unfortunate woman. Hospital administrators owe the public a report on making needed protocol changes. A PR-managed statement by executives is pathetic. Maybe the day has come when patients need to mount their personal video cameras in hospital rooms to document future lawsuits.
Human error is always possible. Appropriate action helps restore trust.
TERRY BLACKWELL, ATLANTA
Obama would rather antagonize than lead
The Republicans seem to have gotten all of the blame for the government shutdown. However, the Democrats are just as much to blame. The Republicans should not use the health care bill as a pawn for their demands. Then again, when you have a partisan health care bill pass into law (which excluded Republican input), what do you expect?
The real one “to blame” in all of this is our leader. President Obama should be attempting to bring the parties together, yet he would rather “stoke the fires” and antagonize the Republicans.
A leader is supposed to be a mediator: objective, and strong enough to guide both sides to a solution. Sadly, the United States does not have that kind of person in the White House.
E. ASHMORE, LAWRENCEVILLE