For Immediate Release
Contact: Dan Lutz, 347.467.0339, firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW YORK, March 26, 2013 — The New York State Nurses Association welcomes the news that state lawmakers and Governor Andrew Cuomo have rejected a proposal to bring for-profit healthcare to New York. NYSNA raised serious concerns about proposals in the initial state budget to loosen Certificate of Need requirements and to allow the creation of a for-profit hospital pilot project.
“Albany lawmakers listened to us. And so did Governor Cuomo. We thank all of them for listening to frontline caregivers,” said Anne Bové, RN at Bellevue Hospital and one of the elected leaders of the New York State Nurses Association. “For-profit hospitals sacrifice patients for profits. Nurses, caregivers, and patients should be the ones making decisions about patient care – not hedge funds and private equity investors. I’m glad our lawmakers and the governor listened to us and stopped for-profit hospital chains from invading our state.”
The final state budget omits several proposals floated in earlier versions:
NYSNA nurses made over 2,000 phone calls to lawmakers. Hundreds of nurses visited lawmakers. And busloads of nurses went to Albany for last-minute lobbying visits. Thanks to our work, lawmakers and the governor acknowledged and acted on our concerns.
This grassroots legislative campaign is the first of its kind for our union, which elected new, progressive leadership in 2011.
A Duke University study found that patient deaths spike when hospitals switch to the for-profit model. (Source: Porter, Eduardo. “Health Care and Profits, a Poor Mix.” The New York Times. January 8, 2013.)
“We’ve won this battle, but our fight for New York patients is just beginning,” said Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN at Montefiore Medical Center and elected NYSNA leader. “Our opponents can re-introduce these changes as non-budget bills at any time this legislative session. That’s why we’re not letting down our guard. We thank our lawmakers and the governor for taking this stand – and we’ll keep working with them to stop the attack on NY patients.”
Our union’s top legislative priorities include ensuring adequate funding for patient care for our state’s public and safety-net hospitals, and winning a law that will set a limit on the number of patients hospital administrators can force nurses to care for at one time.
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.