Surprise! The Pennsylvania Department of Health has investigated “a lot” of complaints regarding Temple University Hospital since the strike started.
According to a piece in today’s Inky, PDOH deputy secretary Stacy Mitchell confirmed the complaints, but can’t release the information to potential patients until the middle of next month due to apparent federal regulations.
Here’s according to the Inky piece regarding time constraints:
"Mitchell said the Health Department had 10 days to investigate a complaint and write a statement of deficiency if an inspector thought the complaint was founded. The hospital then has 10 days to write a plan of correction. After that, the department and hospital can spend several more days haggling over the terms of the plan. Then it takes a while to post that plan on the department's Web site. All told, the process takes 45 to 60 days, Mitchell said."
This story isn’t so much news as an “I told you so” moment for the striking Temple healthcare workers. As detailed in earlier blogs and in the Inky, hospital deaths rise 19.4 percent and readmissions rise 6.5 percent during hospital strikes, according to a study done by an MIT professor and Carnegie Mellon student.
Another recent study by authors at UPenn found that 10-13 percent fewer surgical patients would die in Pennsylvania if nurse-to-patient ratios (part of what this strike is about) were lowered, as they’ve been done due to an evil, socialist mandate in California.
And while the healthcare workers on strike wanted more members, Temple Hospital has replaced the 1,500 employees with just 850 temporary workers (and the union has continually claimed the replacements would negatively effect care quality), so what do they expect?
No new negotiations have been planned between healthcare workers and hospital administration.
Check out this video by PW's Gustavo Martinez:
Without mentioning specifics, Temple Hospital management insists it has been negotiating in good faith with PASNAP for the past nine months.
Michael Moore sent a letter in support of the Temple nurses this week, in which he threatens something truly terrible.