Labor dispute: More than half of state hospital's mental health professionals to leave Thursday
CONCORD - The psychiatric staff at New Hampshire Hospital walked into a meeting with the CEO and chief medical officer on Monday hoping to hear some news about how the state hospital would deal with the departure of 11 psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners on Thursday, more than half the staff of 21 mental health professionals.
They left disappointed, according to Dr. Robert Murray, one of the departing psychiatrists.
He said the hospital will be hard-pressed to replace the professionals leaving in a matter of days amid a labor dispute with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock health care system, which has a state contract to staff the hospital with psychiatrists.
"What we were hoping and expecting was that we would hear something in terms of the administration's plans for how we would transition with so many psychiatrists leaving at end of the month," Murray said.