Patient Safety | 08.31.20
Largest U.S. Hospital Owner Accused in Lawsuit of Endangering Staff During Coronavirus Pandemic
CNBC News (08/06/20) Feuer, Will
A group of health employees and their union have sued HCA, the country's biggest hospital chain, accusing one of its medical centers of recklessly endangering staffers and patients by violating federal coronavirus guidance on protective equipment. The suit alleges that management at HCA's Riverside Community Hospital in California failed to provide workers with adequate protective equipment, including masks and gowns, and pressured them to ignore safety precautions to meet quotas. It further charges the hospital failed to alert staff to possible coronavirus exposures and pressured employees who exhibited symptoms to return to work. The Service Employees International Union initiated the suit on behalf of its approximately 97,000 members.
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