The California Nurses Association has filed an unfair labor practice complaint against Watsonville Hospital for firing 36-year veteran nurse Tim Thomas.
It alleges Thomas was terminated after criticizing the merger of Watsonville's Hospital's parent company, Community Health Systems, with Health Management Associates at HMA's Florida shareholder meeting in early January. HMA shareholders approved the $7.6 billion acquisition. And if the deal is successful, the combined company will form the largest for-profit hospital chain in the country in terms of the number of hospitals.
We reached out to Community Health Systems, but they didn't return our call before the time of broadcast.Now joining us is Tim Thomas. He worked at Watsonville Hospital for the past 30 years before being fired for allegedly speaking out about patient safety....
Feb 28, '14
I don't like the BIG profit motive in healthcare.
Fair pay for caregivers, support staff, and physicians is good. BIG pay to executives when nurse staffing is insufficient is wrong.
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