No lunch breaks at Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo?

PUEBLO, Colo. - Our partners at the Pueblo Chieftain are reporting that staff at the Colorado Mental Health Institute is being told that they are no longer allowed to take breaks if they do not have enough staff on their units. 

The message was printed at the top of a form that staff is expected to sign. 

A spokesman for the Colorado Department of Human Services told the Chieftain that the policy would be a "temporary" measure while the hospital continues to try and hire more patient-care staff.

The hospital also sent out a warning last weekend that said employees can't refuse to work overtime, which could mean a 16-hour shift, according to the Chieftain. 

For more on this story, visit the Pueblo Chieftain's website

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