Nurses tell of tattered health system

Access to care is still inadequate, they say. Kate Moran, New Orleans Times-Picayune, May 8, 2007 Six local nurses said Monday that mental distress is omnipresent in New Orleans these days as residents feel helpless to secure rebuilding grants, find doctors and schools and otherwise navigate life in a fragile city. During a roundtable discussion sponsored by the Registered Nurse Response Network, the nurses also said that patients without health insurance are forced to go months without basic care and often show up at charitable clinics with their health on the skids. Alice Craft-Kerney said care for the uninsured is so fragmented that the first patient who showed up when she opened the Lower Ninth Ward Health Clinic in March had to be taken away in an ambulance. ... Nurses