2008 News

MNA members question Governor Patrick at town meetings


From the Massachusetts Nurse Newsletter
September 2008 Edition

Cathy Craig, an RN in the operating room at New England Medical Center and an MNA member, (far right, with her daughter Shelby) questioned Gov. Deval Patrick during a town meeting in Hull on July 14.

  Caritas Photo  
Re-printed with the permission of the Hull Times. Photographer: Roger Jackson.

The meeting, held at Hull's Bernie King Pavilion, provided Craig with a chance to ask the governor about his position on the MNA's safe staffing legislation.

Governor Patrick held similar town meetings across the state and MNA members attended each, including those in Salem, Athol, Webster and Rehoboth. At the meetings, MNA members and coalition partners challenged the governor to take up the cause of patient safety with or without the state legislature by instructing the Department of Public Health to regulate staffing in the state’s hospitals.