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Lay offs at New Milford Hospital take effect this week

Layoffs at New Milford Hospital due to cuts in state funding are taking effect this week.  Last week the Nurses Union rejected a concessions package requested by Western Connecticut Health Network.  President of the New Milford Hospital RNs Joanne Chapin says four nurses will be let go and two will have their hours cut.  She says no matter how they voted, at least two employees would be laid off.


New Milford Hospital's diabetic care coordinator and patient referral case manager are among those losing their jobs.


Chapin says their goal is to maintain safe staffing levels so they can provide quality patient care.


AFT Connecticut spokesman Matt O'Connor says one of the main reasons was it did not guarantee that more cuts wouldn't continue in the future.  O'Connor says it's not too late for WCHN to come up with alternatives or invite the front line workforce to talk about more constructive ways to address the change in state funding.

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