Hundreds of nurses and health care workers from PEF and other unions joined with patient advocates at the Legislative Office Building in Albany Tuesday, May 12, to tell state lawmakers why they must bring safe staffing legislation to the floor and pass it now to save lives and money. The nurses and others came armed with statistics, alarming personal stories and keen insights into how better staffing can save lives and more than pay foritself with better patient outcomes, and fewer readmissions and lawsuits.
“The New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF) is partnering with other labor organizations to send a powerful message to our lawmakers about short staffing in health care facilities,” said PEF President Susan M. Kent. “Short staffing affects quality patient care and the mortality rate. Hospital-acquired infection is on the increase because of short staffing. For years, the legislation to alleviate short staffing has been stuck in New York. This year, our lawmakers need to get this legislation passed and realize short staffing is a health care problem that leads to a very large proportion of unnecessary deaths.”
Joining PEF were members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), the New York StateWide Senior Action Council, the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), and the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT).
You can see PEF President Susan M. Kent’s speech at the Healthcare Lobby Day luncheon here:
You can also hear PEF’s Barbara Rock’s interview with Susan Arbetter on Capitol Pressroom HERE.