Three West Michigan medical practices are suing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over the state’s public health executive orders, claiming they should now be allowed to reopen.
“What’s happening is patients are being hurt by this.” — Dr. Randal Baker, physician
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer restricted non-essential and elective medical and dental procedures in an executive order issued in March to reserve medical capacity and supplies for treating COVID-19 cases.
Dr. Randal Baker is a Grand Rapids surgeon and a plaintiff in the suit. He says he should be allowed to perform procedures such as colonoscopies and blood work because western Michigan has not been hit as hard as other parts of the state and, in his view, medical supply capacity is no longer an issue.
“We were concerned about overwhelming healthcare facilities and hospitals, and that hasn’t happened here in West Michigan,” Baker says. ”We have greater tools in our arsenal right now, we can actually do more testing and measurement.”
He adds that his patients are suffering due to pre-existing conditions that could also add complications if COVID-19 is contracted.
“What’s happening is patients are being hurt by this,” Baker says.