I’m not siding with either our county hospital or the children’s hospital on this debt situation.
Both have performed miserably and have let the taxpayers down.
We did get a glimpse of the one-sided nature of the discussions the other day.
Evidently the folks at our county hospital made their “final” offer Thursday afternoon. They gave the children’s hospital until 5 p.m. that same afternoon to respond. That was generous of them.
Someone must have squawked because that deadline was extended to 10 a.m. the next morning. That still gave the people at children’s less than 24 hours to make a decision.
Children’s evidently made a counteroffer Friday.
The Times reported that the county then decided to take a few days to think about the situation:
Citing progress, County Judge Veronica Escobar said county officials and the UMC board are going to take until Monday morning to consider the most recent draft of the agreement.
Children’s was told that it needed to respond within a few hours. Our county officials got a few days.
This lends credence to children’s argument that they have historically received demands from the county hospital with no time to react differently.
We deserve better