June 2, 2014 at 4:59 pm
In a victory for New York patients, HHC has announced that they are indefinitely postponing the sale of dialysis services at four NYC public hospitals.
NYSNA members, community leaders, and dialysis patients spoke out at hearings, circulated petitions, and met with lawmakers to demand a halt to the sale of patient care services to Big Apple Dialysis, a for-profit company. We warned about the high death rates when dialysis is run for a profit.
“As nurses, it is our duty to advocate for our patients. Our advocacy is working. Because of our actions, dialysis services at four HHC hospitals will remain public. That means that our dialysis patients will live longer, healthier lives receiving quality public care,” said Anne Bové, RN, President of NYSNA’s HHC Executive Council.
Last month, we held a series of actions at 10 HHC facilities to stand up for our patients and call for a fair contract so that we can continue to attract and retain the very best nurses at our hospitals. At the same time, we ran strategically placed bus shelter ads, highlighting the key role HHC nurses play in caring for all New Yorkers. Our actions are making a difference for our patients — and helping to preserve our HHC system as the greatest public hospital system in the country.