This came in from Helen Marshall:
The Times informed us last weekend that the bill to the county for legal services to monitor the battle between Children’s Hospital and UMC has amounted to $262,000 so far. This is nothing of course compared to the $1.3 million charged to Children’s by its legal firm, and the $1.25 million for the consulting firm to run the hospital. UMC fees have not yet been reported, although the Times said they would be available this week.
At least the county hired locally, and the hourly fee, at $350, is less than half that for Children’s ($675) fees, which is also money that leaves El Paso.
Almost $3 million has been spent so far, and who knows what the total will be when the UMC fees are added. And what did the sick children of El Paso get for that? Nada, rien, niente, nichts, zero, zip, not so much as a new toy. Given how well the adults are doing, maybe we should put the children in charge of the place?