Doctors at a second state psychiatric hospital have complained that staffing shortages are so severe that the care of patients and safety of workers are at risk.

In an April 19 letter to state hospital officials, psychiatric staffers at Atascadero State Hospital raise “grave concern” over what they called an “increasingly severe shortage of psychiatrists at the hospital.” The letter was provided recently to The Times.

As a result, the doctors state, psychiatrists are now required to work shifts covering up to four units with a total of 150 severely ill psychiatric patients, four times higher than the standard workload.” —  From the LA Times