Nurses Association Sues Governor
The California Nurses Association has sued Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in an effort to overturn his order last month to delay a requirement for additional nurses in hospitals.
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
The suit charges Governor Schwarzenegger acted illegally in suspending a regulation that mandated one nurse for every five patients in hospitals, instead of one for every six, which is the current ratio. The new regulation was scheduled to go into effect the first of next year, but Schwarzenegger’s executive order delayed it by three years. Association spokesman, Charles Idleson says not only was the governor’s action illegal, it puts patients in jeopardy. IDLESON :07—It will mean longer waits for care. A much lower standard of care, and that’s particularly worrisome for people who are in need of emergency care. The nurses’ association charges hospitals oppose the new regulation, because it would cut into profits. Hospital administrators refute the charge, claiming they support the governor’s action because of a shortage of nurses in the state. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.