A union representing Quiet York nurses filed more than one court cases on Monday, accusing the narrate and two hospitals of allegedly “compromising the health and security of” members combating the coronavirus pandemic.
The Quiet York Yelp Nurses Affiliation launched narrate civil complaints in opposition to the Quiet York Yelp Department of Neatly being and Westchester Medical Heart and a federal lawsuit in opposition to Montefiore Medical Heart.
Nurse Pat Kane, the union’s executive director, acknowledged 70 percent of her members are exposed to coronavirus and most “are quiet untested.”
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Besides more attempting out, the union is tense that nurses be higher outfitted with sufficient protective N95 masks as they treat sufferers with COVID-19, the illness associated with coronavirus.
“These court cases had been filed to present protection to our nurses, our sufferers and our communities from grossly inadequate and negligent protections,” Kane acknowledged in a assertion. “We won’t enable these unpleasant practices to proceed.”
The union represents 3,000 nurses at Montefiore and 1,600 more at Westchester.
Jonah Bruno, director of communications for the narrate health division, declined say on the lawsuit however thanked nurses for all of their efforts.
“We’re deeply grateful for the continuing efforts of Quiet York’s health care workers to decrease the spread of COVID-19 by attempting out of us who could additionally be infected and treating of us who’re most in want,” acknowledged Bruno.
Meanwhile, Westchester Medical Heart spokesman Andrew LaGuardia insisted his health center is effectively caring for staff and sufferers.
“While we are in a position to’t say on pending litigation, everybody is conscious of, and our care suppliers know, that the allegations in NYSNA’s lawsuit are detrimental,” LaGuardia acknowledged. “NYSNA’s lawsuit is irresponsible and a distraction from this work, and a disservice to all who’re valiantly caring for these sufferers on daily basis.”
Montefiore Medical Heart released a assertion announcing the union’s leadership “has chosen to attack a procedure, and the commitment of hundreds of their colleagues, who possess followed the Governor’s emergency orders and are selflessly doing all they’ll to fight COVID-19 and establish lives.”
David K. Li is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.
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