World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 17 Mar, 2021 01:00 am

St. Vincent Hospital nurses in Worcester, Mass. in second week of strike for safe staffing ratios

St. Vincent Hospital nurses in Worcester, Mass. in second week of strike for safe staffing ratios
Nurses are demonstrating their resolve by entering the second week of strike action at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester and have been joined by other hospital workers on the picket line.

The roughly 700 nurses on the picket line, members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association, have been joined by other health care workers, including personal care assistants (PCA), pulmonary technicians and housekeepers, who face similarly dangerous conditions at the hospital.Patients died not for the inadequacy of modern medicine, but for lack of enough health care workers to attend to them.Tenet, the Dallas, Texas-based health care giant that owns St.Patients continue to “fall through the cracks” at the hospital, whether they have COVID-19 or not, because health care in America is dominated by for-profit conglomerates like Tenet that are more concerned about securing dividends for their shareholders than providing the best medicine technology and society can offer.

Vincent Hospital, like other hospitals and health care systems across the country, refused to address the metastasizing health crisis with rational policies.While management did initially designate certain units as COVID-specific to mitigate its spread, it sought to recoup its losses by furloughing health care workers deemed expendable because elective procedures had been cancelled.

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