Registered Nurses Calling For Better Staffing At Cape Cod Hospital

CAPE COD, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Registered nurses will demonstrate on Wednesday, outside of Cape Cod Hospital to call for multiple items, including safety improvements.

Registered nurses represented by the Massachusetts Nurses Association will hold an informational picket in their fight against Cape Cod Healthcare.

The nurses claim CCH refuses to agree to patient safety improvements, like an increased amount of nurses on staff.

The MNA's Associate Communications Director Joe Markman said staffing is the big issue that's holding up an agreement.

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The nurses also want higher wages and want the healthcare system to allow charge nurses to go without a patient assignment.

Markman said similar to the strike at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, staffing has become a statewide issue.

"Hospital executives are doing this sort of barebone staffing at hospitals throughout the state and that's common in a lot of places, like at St. Vincent and Cape Cod," said Markman.

The demonstration runs from 2 P.M. to 5:30 P.M. outside Cape Cod Hospital.

WBZ NewsRadio's Tim Dunn (@ConsiderMeDunn) Reports:

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