Registered nurses at New Milford Hospital have voted down concessions sought by Western Connecticut Health Network as an alternative to previously announced nursing position cuts. The Union says the concessions failed to address safe staffing ratios or assure quality patient care. Union officials say the group that oversees New Milford Hospital refused to include protections from future layoffs.
Among the staffing cuts made necessary by a cut in state funding, is the facility's diabetic care coordinator and patient referral case manager.
WCHN says the layoffs are necessary because of cuts in state funding. Union officials say they want to be part of the solution, but not at the expense of quality patient care.
AFT Connecticut President Melodie Peters, a licensed practical nurse, says if this was about more than protecting a profit margin, WCHN management should have engaged the bedside workforce in a real discussion.