PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Two of Rhode Island’s largest hospitals are feuding over a longstanding policy that lets one hospital call for help from the other hospital’s doctors in emergency cardiac and stroke situations.

Care New England says the policy that lets Women & Infants Hospital call for backup from the Lifespan-owned Rhode Island Hospital has been in place for more than three decades. WPRI-TV reports ( ) that Rhode Island Hospital moved to stop the policy effective June 26, but was stopped by the state.

Rhode Island Department of Health Director Nicole Alexander-Scott ordered the backup coverage continue until the two hospital groups find a solution she could support — which so far has not happened.

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