St Vincent’s Hospital said on Wednesday it would cut services, blaming hundreds of Worcester nurses who have been on strike for nearly five months.
Nurses with the Massachusetts Nurses Association called the cuts “another move” from hospital management to “endanger the safety of the public and intimidate our nurses.”
With the strike in its 20th week, Worcester Hospital said it “has become untenable to maintain all the services it has provided since it began on 8 March.”
“In an effort to maintain health services that are important to the community, St Vincent’s Hospital has made the difficult decision to selectively reduce services,” the hospital said in a statement.
St. Vincent’s Hospital blamed the nurses, saying “their irresponsible decisions are now jeopardizing access to healthcare for residents of Central Massachusetts as the hospital is forced to make extremely difficult choices.”
This deduction will be effective from August 2. The hospital said it would reduce both inpatient and outpatient services, including cutting 80 inpatient staff beds and closing cardiac rehab and wound care outpatient services.
More than 25% of procedural rooms will remain closed, including operating room cuts, cardiac catheterization labs, endoscopy and interventional radiology.
The hospital said it would maintain a fully staffed emergency department.
The hospital later said, “Withdrawing services is something St Vincent’s Hospital hoped it would not need to do, and the decision was not an easy one.” ends.”
Nurses and Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare plan to return to the bargaining table on Monday when the cuts take effect.
According to the Massachusetts Nurses Association, the recent update on the reduction in services comes after the parties met and “productive negotiations.”
“This is yet another ploy by Tenet to endanger the safety of the public and intimidate our nurses, at a time when we are acting in good faith to resolve this dispute for the good of all in our community. ,” said Marlena Pellegrino, co-chair of the local bargaining unit with the Massachusetts Nurses Association.
“This is not the time for posturing and cuts in service, it is time for a goodwill dialogue to resolve this dispute,” he said.