A nursing strike at Bay Area hospitals is over today, but participating nurses at Sutter hospitals and Children’s Hospital in Oakland have been told they cannot report back to work before Tuesday, officials said today.The California Nurses Association is calling the action by the hospitals a punitive lockout, but hospital officials denied the charge, saying they had to sign five-day contracts with nursing staffing companies that provided temporary nurses for the strike. Read More
As more than 26,000 Northern California health care professionals prepare to strike at 34 medical centers, including several in the Bay Area, officials at the largest health organizations affected say patient services will continue with minimal interruption. Read More
British National Health Service nurses at Manchester Royal Infirmary left Peter Thompson, 41, lying in the middle of a hospital corridor and stepped over his dying body for more than 10 hours. They thought the voluntary-rehab patient was “sleeping it off.” When they eventually realized he was dead, they dragged him away across the floor. The entire episode was recorded on security cameras. A coroner has ruled that Thompson’s death was “wholly preventable.” Read More
Mayor Ed Lee is counting on police, firefighters and nurses to give up their total $23 million worth of raises next year to help close The City’s budget deficit.
When Lee unveils his budget proposal Wednesday, there will be no funding for these pay bumps, even though labor unions have yet to agree to give them up. Read More
When it comes to workers’ compensation benefits paid out by cities, public safety workers are in a class of their own. Read More
Skyrocketing employee costs will deal a $100 million blow to San Francisco coffers next fiscal year despite wage concessions. Pensions rank among the most escalating labor costs for San Francisco. Less than a month after voters rejected Proposition B, which would have increased employees’ pension contributions, a $379.8 million deficit projection was released this week. It shows The City’s annual pension investment will grow by $37.1 million next fiscal year. Read More
Even Obamacare’s biggest cheerleaders won’t be able to ignore Medicare chief actuary Richard Foster forever. Based on current law, Foster says, seniors who rely on Medicare will replace Medicaid recipients at the bottom of the health care ladder as early as 2019, five years after the individual mandate kicks in. That’s when the fees Medicare pays to providers will be slashed below Medicaid rates, which are already well below market prices. Read More