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Monday, October 31, 2005

Prison nurses claim inadequate care by new contractor

Star-Tribune capital bureau
Monday, October 31, 2005

CHEYENNE -- Two former Wyoming State Penitentiary nurses claim they were fired because they complained about inadequate staffing and training at the Rawlins prison for men.

Karran Bedwell and Debra Long said the Nursing Practice Act compels them to report inadequate health care.

"It's our responsibility to do that," Bedwell said in an interview.

They said the standards of care have gone downhill at the penitentiary since Prison Health Services, a Tennessee-based private contractor, took over medical and mental health services for all the state's penal institutions on July 1.

Before that Correctional Medical Services held the main contract for the past six years, and Wexford Health Sources held the contract for the two intensive substance abuse treatment units since 1995.


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