Understaffing Plagues Delaware Prison Healthcare

May 17, 2018

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The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna is suffering from a shortage of both correctional officers and nurses.

That is the conclusion of a review done in the wake of the 2017 inmate uprising that left one correctional officer dead.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the review that found a combination of a poor electronic records system and too few health professional have resulted in delayed care and missed appointments.

In addition, correction officers are working overtime at least once or twice every two weeks.

That, the report says, has resulted in fatigue and frustration in the system prison.

Bureau Chief of Correctional Healthcare Dr. Marc Richman told the News Journal that the greatest problem is the nursing shortage.

He said that the Department of Correction will be finding ways to recruit more health care staff – particularly as new facilities are opened.