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Greater Taunton community voices anger at closing of Morton Hospital’s pediatric unit

Greater Taunton community voices anger at closing of Morton Hospital’s pediatric unit

TAUNTON—State health officials were in town Tuesday to hear arguments for and against Morton Hospital's plan to close its 13-bed pediatric unit. The Department of Public Health held the hearing, which took place at the Taunton Public Library, as part of a state review of the hospital's proposal. —TauntonGazette.com, 05/22/13 More »

Talks collapse; UMass nurses to strike - Replacements start Thursday

Talks collapse; UMass nurses to strike - Replacements start Thursday

WORCESTER — The nurses’ strike is on. Union officials representing 1,100 nurses at UMass Memorial Medical Center — University Campus and hospital management spent four hours negotiating Monday afternoon but failed to reach a deal. —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 05/21/13 More »

UMass Memorial sets one-day strike

UMass Memorial sets one-day strike

If the strike plans go through, it would be the largest nurses strike in the state’s history, according to the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United. The strike would see more than 2,000 nurses walk off the job to protest cuts in nursing and support staff in the past two years, which they insist will greatly affect patient care. —Examiner.com, 05/15/13 More »

Town Meeting Calls on Baystate Health System to Meet Franklin County Health Care Needs

Town Meeting Calls on Baystate Health System to Meet Franklin County Health Care Needs

Residents of Deerfield cast an overwhelming vote last night to approve a resolution placed on the warrant for the 2013 Annual Town Meeting, which calls upon Baystate Health System to ensure and maintain a broad range of health services at nearby Baystate Franklin Medical Center and to prevent the further erosion of services once available at BFMC that are now only offered in Springfield. The full text of the resolution can be found at the end of this release. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 04/30/13 More »

Nurses, Quincy hospital move to avert strike

Nurses and officials at Quincy Medical Center plan to negotiate Monday morning in an effort to avert a one-day strike planned for next Thursday. Talks between the nurses and the hospital’s parent company, Steward Health Care, were scheduled by a federal mediator and will focus on staffing levels, the main issue in dispute. —The Boston Globe, 04/06/13 More »

Nurses protest for patient care, hospital says paychecks

Nurses protest for patient care, hospital says paychecks

HAVERHILL — Nurses took to the street near Merrimack Valley Hospital in Haverhill yesterday to call attention to what they think is an alarming trend at some local hospitals. —The Eagle Tribune, 04/06/13 More »

RN GUEST OPINION: Caring for Morton Hospital’s smallest patients

RN GUEST OPINION: Caring for Morton Hospital’s smallest patients

As I write this letter, I am surrounded by my own young children’s playful laughter and I am both sad and angry for the community I have cared for over the years. This is a dark day for the families of our community. —Taunton Daily Gazette, 04/02/13 More »

Local Nurses Say Hospitals “Skirting the Law”

Local Nurses Say Hospitals “Skirting the Law”

Area nurses and healthcare advocates met in Worcester with the Health Policy Commission on Friday to fight against mandatory overtime practices being used at local hospitals to skirt the issue of poor staffing. —GoLocalWorcester, 02/25/13 More »

Brockton Enterprise Continues Coverage of MNA Efforts to Improve Staffing at DMH’s Brockton Multiser

Brockton Enterprise Continues Coverage of MNA Efforts to Improve Staffing at DMH’s Brockton Multiser

BROCKTON -- Nurses union leaders are hopeful they will see changes at the Brockton Multi-Service Center after sitting down with the state’s mental health commissioner. —EnterpriseNews.com, 01/14/13 More »

St. Vincent to open psych unit in downtown Worcester

St. Vincent to open psych unit in downtown Worcester

The Massachusetts Nurses Association hailed the announcement today. “We applaud the decision,” said David Schildmeier, MNA communications director. “It's something we've been advocating for well over a year.” He said, “This is a very important development for those suffering from mental illness in Massachusetts, as this will preserve psychiatric beds at a time when there is a dramatic and dangerous shortage of those beds.” —Telegram, 10/11/12 More »

News Coverage of Our 1-Day Strike at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, MA

News Coverage of Our 1-Day Strike at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, MA

Nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center returned to work at 7 a.m. on Saturday after their 24-hour strike. The strike began at 7 a.m. Friday. The next negotiation session between the Massachusetts Nurses Association and Baystate Franklin Medical Center is set for Oct. 25. —Several Sources, 10/09/12 More »

UMass Memorial Health Care to eliminate 140 positions

UMass Memorial Health Care to eliminate 140 positions

WORCESTER — UMass Memorial Health Care said Tuesday it will eliminate 140 positions as it seeks to find $80 million in budget cuts and new revenue for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1. —Telegram.com , 09/25/12 More »

Taunton Hospital Closure Plans Stirring Fierce Battle on Beacon Hill

Taunton Hospital Closure Plans Stirring Fierce Battle on Beacon Hill

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON A member of Senate President Therese Murray’s leadership team predicted Thursday that the Senate would support blocking a Patrick administration move to shutter Taunton State Hospital, a mental health facility that serves the state’s southeast region. More »

NURSES PACK HEARING, RENEW CALL FOR STAFFING BILL

NURSES PACK HEARING, RENEW CALL FOR STAFFING BILL

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON--Nurses from around the state, joined by a slew of legislators, urged passage of a nurse staffing law, saying they have battled too long for a bill they say would save patients’ lives. —STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE, 01/25/12 More »

Nurses Accuse Equity Firm of Cutting Patient Care

Nurses Accuse Equity Firm of Cutting Patient Care

Instead of the inflatable rat that has become ho-hum at union protests in New York, a giant three-headed dog with fangs was the effigy on display as about 250 unionized nurses rallied outside the Midtown headquarters of the private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management. —New York Times, 12/20/11 More »

Hospitals push age hike for Medicare

Hospitals push age hike for Medicare

WASHINGTON - As the deficit reduction supercommittee hunts for $1.5 trillion in additional savings, US hospital executives are so worried about having their payments cut that they plan to start lobbying Congress next week to shift the burden onto their elderly patients - specifically by raising the age of eligibility for Medicare. —The Boston Globe, 09/30/11 More »

Hospital nurses are owed safe working environment

Hospital nurses are owed safe working environment

As a student nurse, I write in support of Massachusetts House Bill 1506, an act that protects patients from preventable medical errors by prohibiting mandatory overtime. Mandatory overtime requires nurses to stay on after their 12-hour shifts to fill in planned gaps in the schedule. After 12 hours on the job, nurses are statistically more likely to make errors and jeopardize patient safety. —Cape Cod Times, letters to the editor, 09/30/11 More »

Pay reform offers new backdrop in long battle over nurse staff

Pay reform offers new backdrop in long battle over nurse staff

Boston - Reviving one of Beacon Hill’s oldest and most hard fought battles – whether to force hospitals to abide by nurse-to-patient staffing levels –nurses cautioned lawmakers Tuesday that they’ve left the care of their constituents at risk by failing to pass a staffing law, and the state’s top hospital official calling mandated staffing requirements a “terrible idea” that would represent a step backwards in the fast-changing health care field. —State House News Service, 09/27/11 More »

Nurses rally for law banning forced overtime

Nurses rally for law banning forced overtime

HYANNIS — Massachusetts hospitals need more nurses, not more nurses working overtime, health care advocates said Monday at a press conference near Cape Cod Hospital. —CapeCod Online, 09/27/11 More »

Elizabeth Warren’s More Than Just a Senate Campaign

Elizabeth Warren’s More Than Just a Senate Campaign

Elizabeth Warren's all-but-announced candidacy for the Massachusetts U.S. Senate seat once held by Edward Kennedy is a state-based campaign. But it has national implications. —The Nation, 08/26/11 More »

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