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Tufts Medical Center and Boston Medical Center Nurses Hold a Joint Informational Picket to Protest Unsafe Staffing and Practice Conditions
Date:2/11/2010

Demonstration responds to a growing trend by the hospital industry to exploit the economic climate, by cutting nursing care to boost profits at the patient's expense

BOSTON, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The registered nurses of Boston Medical Center's East Newton Campus and Tufts Medical Center, who are represented by the Massachusetts Nurses Association, are taking the unprecedented step today of conducting joint informational picketing outside their respective facilities to protest what they believe are dangerous changes in RN staffing levels, which will result in nurses caring for too many patients at one time and could compromise the quality and safety of patient care.

This job action is not related to an ongoing contract negotiation (both groups have contracts in place) and this protest has nothing to do with the nurses' wages or benefits. It is about nurses' concern for the health and well being of the patients under their care.  

"We are protesting today because we are concerned for our patients' safety." said Barbara Tiller, RN, a nurse at Tufts Medical Center and co-chair of the nurses' local bargaining unit.  "Nurses go to work every day with the fear that an unnecessary patient death or injury will take place under the current staffing conditions."

"Nurses at Boston Medical Center, like our colleagues at Tufts Medical Center, can no longer remain silent while our respective administrations attempt to cut costs at the expense of the safety of our patients," said Ann Driscoll, RN, a long-time nurse at BMC and chair of the local bargaining unit.  "The public has a right to know about decisions that are being made at these hospitals that jeopardize their safety."

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