Kaiser Permanente hospitals aren't ready for Ebola, say its nurses, and tomorrow 18,000 of them are set to begin a two-day strike over that and other issues.
Their union claims Kaiser has "refused to address [their] concerns … about Ebola safety protocols and protective equipment, refusing even to answer questions by the RNs." The walkout will affect 21 of Kaiser's hospitals and 65 clinics in Northern California, reports Bloomberg.
Another 800 nurses at two non-Kaiser hospitals in California and 400 at one in Washington are planning strikes, and National Nurses United will hold a "day of actions" in 16 states Wednesday.
The union, whose contract expired in April, says negotiations have stalled over one issue— patient care—and Ebola is part of that. But Kaiser insists that staff have been trained and they are following CDC recommendations, blaming union leadership for its lack of preparedness, Bloomberg adds.
"We have repeatedly asked [them] to work with us on our Ebola strategy. They have refused," says a Kaiser spokesman. Meanwhile, Kaiser plans to run its hospitals without the 18,000 RNs—the ER, pharmacy, and labs will be open, but some appointments may be canceled, the San Francisco Chronicle adds.
This article originally appeared on Newser: 18K California Nurses Have Decided to Go on Strike
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