Mass. Workers Rights Board Holds April 9 Hearing on the Patient Safety Crisis at Quincy Medical Center
Frontline Nurses Will Present Testimony Regarding Unsafe Staffing Conditions that are Jeopardizing Patient Safety As Strike Vote Looms on April 11
QUINCY, Mass., April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, April 9, a board of community, faith, and health care leaders will gather to investigate alleged safety concerns from hospital staff and patients at the Quincy Medical Center.
Since 2012, Registered Nurses have expressed concerns to Cerberus/Steward-Quincy Medical Center (QMC) management in regard to declining RN staffing levels, which they consider to be unsafe. The situation has intensified since February 17, when QMC decided to shut down a 40-bed nursing unit and lay off 30 nurses. On March 19, members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United the union that represents QMC registered nurses, voted in favor of a one-day strike, which is set to begin at 6 a.m. on April 11.
"We are presenting urgent concerns out of a sense of duty to defend our patients and this institution. This is our hospital, and speaking out for the quality of patient care and defending the hospital from harm so that it can thrive for decades into the future are, in our view, one in the same," said retired QMC RN, Sandy Eaton.
For more information on the QMC patient safety crisis, visit: http://www.massnurses.org/files/file/News/2013/March/Quincy-Medical-Center-Patient-Care-Crisis.pdf
When: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Time: 9 a.m.
Where: Quincy Community United Methodist Church, 40 Beale St., Wollaston, MA
Who: Frontline nurses from Steward-Quincy Medical Center will share their concerns about a growing patient safety crisis at the hospital with a panel of community and civic leaders, including Rev. Dave Johnson, Interim Minister of First United Parish in Quincy; Patricia Downs Berger, MD, a retired primary care physician; Ben Day, Director of Organizing with Healthcare-Now, a national health care advocacy organization; and Lily Huang of Jobs With Justice, a Quincy resident and advocate for immigrants rights for the Chinese and Vietnamese communities.
SOURCE Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United