I read with much interest the article by Andrew C. Revkin titled "Nurses, Doctors Decry Respiratory Staff Cut" (July 27).
Being a certified respiratory care practitioner and a longtime member of this community, I feel compelled to write my feelings concerning that bold cutback on respiratory care at our one and only trauma facility in this rapidly growing community.
It appears to me that a lot of people at the hospital are quick to put the blame on government (state and federal). Basically, all the government is trying to do is slow down the ever-increasing cost of medical care, which in many cases has come about by abuse of the system. All hospitals, doctors and other health care providers must cope with that situation.
Let's look at just what Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital is. It is a charitable, nonprofit hospital. Being nonprofit, it does not pay taxes and enjoys nonprofit mailing rates. Much of its medical, surgical and diagnostic equipment has been donated by businesses and private individuals. It has a building fund to which employees are urged to contribute.