Masslive: Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey and Rep. Jim McGovern urge improved staffing for St. Vincent Hospital nurses ahead of strike
A trio of Massachusetts lawmakers on Sunday urged Tenet Healthcare, the parent company of St. Vincent Hospital, to make staffing and safety concessions for the hundreds of nurses planning to strike starting Monday.
Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey and Rep. Jim McGovern argued that Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare has “still not made appropriate and necessary movement on the issue of staffing.” The hospital’s 800 nurses are preparing to start an open-ended strike Monday morning after two meetings last week failed to produce an agreement on bolstering staff.
“We urge Tenet to listen to and act on the concerns of St. Vincent nurses,” the lawmakers said in a joint statement Sunday. “This is a patient safety issue, but it’s also about our values. We respect our nurses, we deeply appreciate everything they have done for our community during this challenging year, and we stand unequivocally with them in their fight for patient safety and fairness. We remain ready and willing to help in any way we can to resolve this situation in a fair and equitable way.”
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By: Benjamin Kail