Dear NYSNA Nurse,
I have good news and bad news.
The good news is that the thousands of calls we made last week worked: the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act sailed through the Assembly Health and Codes committees — and we even picked up votes from Assembly members who were on the fence about safe staffing. Thanks to every nurse and patient who picked up the phone.
Then there’s the bad news — and it's bad! In the last ten days of Albany’s legislative session, Wall Street is trying to sneak through dangerous changes to patient care. The State Senate could vote any day now on a bill to let for-profit private equity firms take over five New York hospitals.
And tomorrow the Senate and Assembly Health committees will vote on a bill that would deregulate the Certificate of Need process for assisted living facilities (A-7835/S5628) — the first step in a bigger plan to water down certificate of need review overall.
We can’t let Albany deregulate patient care and turn it over to bankers and hedge fund managers! These private equity firms are the same people who wrecked our economy. They take over companies, slash jobs, drive them bankruptcy, and them sell them off.
We can stop these dangerous proposal if enough of us tell our lawmakers not to experiment on our patients. In fact, we already stopped this gamble once this year, when the governor listened to our concerns and took this proposal out of the budget.
Take the first step right now. Then read the rest of this e-mail to find out what else you can do this week.
Here’s step one: Pick up the phone and call your State Senator and Assembly rep. CLICK HERE to get their numbers and a script. Then fill out the form to report your call.
We can and we must fight this proposal with everything we’ve got. We’re rolling out radio, print, and online ads in Albany and 29 targeted legislative districts.
Our lawmakers need to do something powerful for patient care — pass Safe Staffing. Pick up the phone and tell them to help patient care — not wreck it. Then read the rest of this e-mail to find out what else you can do this week.
Last night 60 Minutes ran a shocking story about how the country’s fourth-largest for-profit hospital chain ordered doctors to hurt patient care in order to help the bottom line.
Places like Arkansas, Texas, and North Carolina have experimented with for-profit hospitals — and it’s been a disaster for patients.
It’s a must-watch for anyone who cares about the future of patient care in New York.
After you watch that story, check out this DETAILED EXPOSÉ of private equity and patient care in Dollars and Sense magazine.
We’re sending buses to Albany this week to tell our lawmakers in person not to experiment on NY patients.
Save your seat on one of these buses. Talk to your NYSNA rep right away; here’s the schedule for the rest of the week:
Tuesday, June 11, 7:30 AM — Manhattan: Bellevue, with a stop at St. Luke’s
Thursday, June 13, 7:30 AM — Brooklyn: Long Island University on Flatbush Avenue Extension & DeKalb Avenue
Friday, June 14, 7:30 AM — Queens: Flushing Hospital
Mayor Bloomberg is putting our city, especially our public hospital system and our patients, in crisis.
That’s why we’re joining other city workers and working New Yorkers to call on Mayor Bloomberg, and the future Mayor, to listen to us and take immediate action to save our public hospital system.
Join us Wednesday, June 12 at 4:00 PM at City Hall Park for a giant rally. Buses will be coming from different NYSNA facilities across the city.
It’s not too late to save your seat. CLICK HERE to register today, or talk to your NYSNA rep.
Fifteen New York City hospitals have closed in the past ten years. And now four Brooklyn hospitals are at risk of closure — including LICH and IMC.
We’re teaming up with the Bed-Stuy community to keep those hospitals open for care.
March with us this Saturday, June 15, starting at 1:00 PM at PS 3 (at the corner of Bedford Ave. and Hancock St.). We’ll march to Interfaith.
The coalition of community leaders, patients, faith leaders, and neighbors is growing in Bed-Stuy. We’re demanding a moratorium on all hospital closures in Brooklyn until there’s a real assessment of our communities’ healthcare needs. We’re working with our state and federal lawmakers to find real financial solutions to keep our hospitals open for care.
This week I sat down with Albany WGY radio’s Diane Donato for an in-depth interview about the patient care crisis and safe staffing.
My interview aired on seven different radio stations over the weekend. But you can still hear it if you missed it — CLICK HERE to listen to the podcast on your computer.
Jill Furillo, RN
NYSNA Executive Director
The New York State Nurses Association is the voice for hundreds of thousands of frontline nurses. We are New York’s largest union and professional association for registered nurses.