The New Jersey Assembly unanimously approved (79-0) a bill introduced by Nick Chiaravalloti (D-31), James Kennedy (D-22) and Shanique Speight (D-29) that will help expedite the process to reactivate retired or inactive medical professionals.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The amended bill, A-3901, will now return to Gov. Phil Murphy on concurrence with his recommendations.
“We know the number of residents in our hospitals with COVID-19 is in the thousands,” the three Assembly member said in a joint statement.
“Although we are doing everything we can to spread out the amount of COVID-19 cases over a longer period of time to prevent the healthcare system from becoming further overwhelmed, many hospitals still need additional staff members to help deal with the large number of patients they treat each day.”
This legislation is complementary to another bill, (A-3862), recently signed into law that expedites the licensure of medical professionals from across the globe coming to New Jersey to assist with the current health emergency.
Both measures are in response to an increased need for health care professionals to help deal with the influx of patients with COVID-19.
“We are waging a war against the coronavirus, which means our state must be able to provide reinforcements to the people on the frontlines of this fight,” the trio of lawmakers concluded.