Patient Safety Advocates to Hold Press Conference Exposing Multi-Millionaire Hospital Executives and Multi-Billion Dollar Hospital Corporations as the True Source of Opposition to Question 1
SOMERVILLE – On Tuesday, Aug. 21, members of the Committee to Ensure Safe Patient Care will meet in front of the $464 million corporate headquarters of Partners HealthCare in effort to expose the true opposition to safe patient limits to ensure safer patient care in our state’s hospitals – multi-millionaire hospital executives and multi-billion hospital corporations. These corporate giants are spending millions of dollars in deceptive ads that hide the fact of who is really leading the campaign to prevent nurses from having a safe patient assignment at a time when 90 percent of the state’s nurses report that under current conditions they can’t provide the care hospital patients need to be safe.
·Donna Kelly-Williams, RN (President, Massachusetts Nurses Association)
·Julie Pinkham, RN (Executive Director, Massachusetts Nurses Association)
·Angela Ortiz (Patient Advocate)
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Assembly Row, 5 Middlesex Ave, Somerville, MA 02143
·These same corporations claim that they can’t afford to meet the safe patient care standards called for by nurses with Question 1 at a time when news outlets have issued reports detailing enormous compensation packages for hospital CEOs , including raises for some of between 50 – 70 percent; at a time when the hospital industry in Massachusetts has posted profits of more than $1 billion in 2017.
·They are claiming they can’t afford to provide safer patient care when they are spending billions on new construction and on the purchase of hospitals and entire hospital networks in other states and other countries; and while hoarding more than $900 million in the Cayman Islands and other offshore tax havens.
ABOUT THE PATIENT SAFETY ACT
The Patient Safety Act will dramatically improve patient safety in Massachusetts hospitals by setting a safe maximum limit on the number of patients assigned to a nurse at one time, while providing flexibility to hospitals to adjust nurses’ patient assignments based on specific patient needs. The measure will be for voters’ consideration on the 2018 ballot.
For a full list of endorsers, please visit: https://safepatientlimits.org/who-we-are/.
The Committee to Ensure Safe Patient Care is a broad coalition united in support of the Patient Safety Act, advocating for stronger patient outcomes, and consistency and accountability in our hospitals. The coalition is made up of advocates across Massachusetts, including registered nurses, patients and family members, health and safety organizations, community groups, unions and elected officials.
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