A discovery that New Hampshire's state-run psychiatric facility hasn't been fully staffed for months is bringing the hospital leadership and Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the organization tasked with providing the staff, under fire.
State officials said Wednesday that Dartmouth-Hitchcock has been providing between eight and 10 general psychiatrists at New Hampshire Hospital. It's required to provide 11, plus a geriatric psychiatrist, under a $36 million contract signed with the state last year.
The mix-up appears to be the result of a clerical error and other oversights.
Republican Gov. Chris Sununu says he's asked New Hampshire Hospital Chief Executive Bob MacLeod to step down. The state's given Dartmouth-Hitchcock five business days to submit a corrective action plan.
New Hampshire's mental health system has been in the spotlight for a lack of available treatment beds.