[ad_1] Cook’s recent experience at Mass General is not isolated. While hospital emergency departments across Massachusetts have dealt with surges in sick patients throughout the pandemic and in years past, doctors say what they’re seeing now is unprecedented. Staffing shortages are at an all-time high — about 19,000 positions are unfilled, according to a report… Continue reading Eight-hour waiting times. Patients leaving before being seen. Mass. hospital emergency departments are beyond the brink.