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UC hospital workers allege unsafe working conditions

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A flyer addressing UCSF Medical Center CEO Mark Laret -- the text reads "Layoffs Hurt Patient Care and Families"
POSTER DESIGN BY SETH NEWTON PATEL

AFSCME recently announced that its membership would begin voting on April 30 over whether to authorize a strike, following months of stalled negotiations over a contract that expired last September. Stenhouse, the union spokesperson, called it "the impasse of impasses" yet suggested to the Guardian that the strike authorization vote was a side issue from the concerns raised in the whistleblower report. The workers are there to "provide patient care," he told the Guardian. "They're not making Buicks."

"This report is about something much bigger than our members' livelihoods," Lybarger stated when the report was released. "It's about whether the UC is prioritizing quality care for the millions of Californians who put their lives in our hands."

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can help make a hospital more efficient. A hospital is a business and not an institution for providing employment. Headcounts come and go, raise and decline.

We give managers the job of managing, and trying to second guess which employees they should retain and which they should let go is pointless.

And of course the Sequester will necessitate cuts in some healthcare and social services - the Democrats in DC understood that when they passed that law.

Live goes on, things change, accept it.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 23, 2013 @ 11:45 pm

So if she'd been taking care of 15 or better yet 20 bedridden patients a day she would have achieved the necessary threshold of efficiency to keep her job?

So long as you personally weren't the 15th or worse yet, 20th patient.

Oh wait, I get it, you're a congressperson. You patient/caretaker ratio will 1/2 or 3, what with the gold plated Cadillac health you crooks vote yourselves.

Posted by pete moss on Apr. 24, 2013 @ 10:55 am

But it is somebody else's job to determine how many staff we can afford.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 24, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

"least effective"? and how did you come up with that answer? Did you see personally look through the people that were laid off and knew that they were not an essential part of their team or maybe they were the bottom of the barrel based on your assessment?

Posted by Guest on May. 21, 2013 @ 2:44 pm

Layoffs in a hospital with record profits? I agree with the union -- "total crap!" CEOs should give back their bonuses so that patients don't suffer and workers can feed their families.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 24, 2013 @ 9:53 am

It's State run.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 24, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

The Chancellor of UCSF earns about $450,000 annually. this doesn't include the house with the full staff and other nice little benis in the package.

And yes, they do get bonuses

Posted by Guest on May. 21, 2013 @ 2:53 pm

Increasing efficiency just means less people doing more which necessitates providers giving less contact to patients. That is antithetical to providing quality care. Even if UCSF was on track to break even for the next three years, they should look at reducing medical administration aka "the people who add cost without adding value" instead of medical staff aka "the people who add cost as well as adding value." That they are choosing to lay off front line workers while increasing their administrative budget shows that their priorities lie in commodifying healthcare and treating patients as cashcows.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 24, 2013 @ 11:32 am

mean that we can do more with the same or less people.

Why ever pay more than we need to?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 24, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

This article is pretty incredible.

This:

Sen. Yee: "How do you lay off 300 individuals and think that it's not going to compromise patient care?"

Um, pretty simply answer Senator Smarty Pants: unemployed = uninsured = sick people can't pay for the care that they need. UC's census is down. WAY down. Unemployment has doubled in this state since 2007.

My Question: How do you frame such a loaded, ridiculous question and think it's not going to accentuate your shillish nature?

This:

"She projected a sense of resolve despite the whirlwind of sudden stress, which seemed fitting for someone whose job entailed feeding, bathing, and assisting up to ten bedridden patients at a time, many of them suffering from cancer."

So. . . while there are no mandated patient / nurse assistant ratio's, there ARE state mandated patient / nurse ratios. So these patients above ARE getting the care that they need - perhaps not from low-skilled nurse assistants, but probably from educated caregivers with a broader scope of practice.

This:

"AFSCME's 40-page publication portrays an internal environment throughout UC medical centers in which staffers — particularly frontline workers — are exhausted, overburdened, and dangerously likely to make mistakes."

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh boy, that was a good one! Exhausted. . . from surfing the web all day and plotting FMLA abuse.

This:

"It feels very much like they're chasing down the Wall Street model of business," Randall Johnson, an MRI technologist at UCSF Parnassus Campus who is active with Local 3299, told the Guardian. "We're pressed to move faster and faster and faster. It's more about profit than it is about patient care."

Oh Randall. . . where do you fall in the schedule below for taking pictures all day "faster and faster and faster":

Title: 9023 - RAD TCHNO
Exempt: Non-exempt
Bargaining Unit: EX
SubFOC: CA
Tier: 1
On Call Rate 1: 50%
Shift Differential (EV): 3.00
Shift Differential (NT): 4.50
Shift Differential (WD): 1.50
Effective Date: Jan 20, 2013
Step Hourly Yearly
1.0 41.61 86,880
2.0 42.46 88,656
3.0 43.33 90,468
4.0 44.20 92,292
5.0 45.11 94,188
6.0 46.03 96,108
7.0 46.95 98,028
8.0 47.88 99,972
9.0 48.85 102,000
10.0 49.82 104,028
11.0 50.83 106,128
12.0 51.83 108,216

Answer: Nowhere. $150,887.99 in 2011. It's public record.

We've got it soooooo good here - why are so you determined to make us look like fool? The pay-scales, the pensions, the benefits - the. . . wait, pensions??? Those still exist??? Not for long if the pubic reads your quotes and decides we're ALL entitled little shits like you are. SO MANY CALIFORNIANS would do anything to work for UC. No wonder everyone is for pension reform, when you make it seem as if those who still may get one don't deserve it. F'n Goofball. . .

Posted by Guest on Apr. 24, 2013 @ 11:51 pm

From 6/10:

UCSF generates 39,134 jobs in the Bay Area which constitutes 5.6% of SF’s total employment. Of the 21k (actually 22,364 now) of those based at UCSF, only 5,698 are academic employees, leaving 14,665 professional and support staff and 1,540 managers.

Only the City itself has more employees, and barely (25.5K).

The Mission Bay area is also about to become home to a new hospital complex, expected to generate approx 2000 jobs.

Thank goodness for UC's good paying jobs. . .

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