Health and Safety, New York

NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento’s Statement on Assembly Passage of the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act

June 17, 2016

NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento’s

Albany, NY – "Tuesday was a historic day. For years, the New York State AFL-CIO has been fighting for safe nurse-to-patient ratios in our hospitals and healthcare facilities.

Nurses have told their stories over and over about the challenges they face trying to provide the highest quality care possible under stressful working conditions that include inadequate staffing levels. Improving patient safety took a giant step forward with the Assembly passage of the “Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act.”  We applaud Speaker Carl Heastie, Assemblymember Aileen Gunther, Health Committee Chairman Richard Gottfried and the Assembly Majority for taking the lead toward ensuring our hospitals are properly staffed to allow nurses to provide the best care possible while improving patient outcomes.

We will continue to raise awareness about safe staffing levels until this common sense legislation becomes law."

*** The New York State AFL-CIO is a federation of 3,000 affiliated public sector, private sector, and building trades unions throughout the state representing 2.5 million members, retirees and their families.

June 17, 2016

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