There's a bit of irony in a recent item regarding medical industry staffing.

At the outset of the pandemic, the public was told that lockdowns would spare hospitals a crushing burden that would leave many to die unattended. 

Now . . . 

Two years into the pandemic we're witnessing hospital crushed under the weight of a cultural shift, workforce complications and sketchy economics. 

Even worse . . . There are many who might argue that the COVID pandemic isn't quite finished.

And some of us are more worried than most about the scourge of monkey pox.

For now, here are more deets about hospital hardship . . .

"The pandemic was highly disruptive to the hospital workforce,” said Jon D. Doolittle, MHA president and CEO, in a press release. “As we exited 2021, the indications of a full-blown crisis in hospital staffing were emerging. This year’s report includes several categories of essential front-line caregivers at record levels of vacancy. At the same time, many of the jobs that support hospital operations — housekeeping services and dietary aides, for example — were experiencing astronomical rates of turnover. These trends are more than unprecedented; they are unsustainable.”

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Missouri Hospital Association report highlights 'full-blown crisis in hospital staffing'

Among five hospitals in Polk, Webster, Greene, Dallas, Christian, Stone and Taney counties, there are nearly as many vacancies as there are working licensed practical nurses, according to a 2022 workforce report by the Missouri Hospital Association. The report, released Thursday, links unprecedented levels of turnover and vacancy with risks to care delivery and workforce sustainability.