INFORUM.com | WDAZ.com

WDAY: The News Leader

Published June 08, 2010, 07:32 AM

Minn. hospitals to discuss strike preparedness

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A group of 14 Twin Cities hospitals will present their plans for staying open and treating patients during an expected strike by 12,000 nurses.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A group of 14 Twin Cities hospitals will present their plans for staying open and treating patients during an expected strike by 12,000 nurses.

The chief medical officers of the hospitals are scheduled to present their contingency plans at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Paul.

A few hours later, the Minnesota Nurses Association has scheduled a news conference to explain their claim that those hospitals are "dangerously understaffed" in some areas.

The nurses are demanding that strict nurse-to-patient ratios to be written into their contracts because they say that will improve patient safety.

The hospitals dispute that, and claim the nurses' staffing demands would increase the cost of providing health care at the hospitals by $250 million a year.

The strike is set for Thursday.

___

Online:

Minnesota Nurses Association: http://mnnurses.org/

Twin Cities Hospitals: http://www.twincitieshospitals.com/

Tags: