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Photos: Nurses protest potential cuts by HCA Healthcare

More than 100 registered nurses and their supporters stood outside of Good Samaritan Hospital, while maintaining social distancing and wearing masks, for over an hour protesting potential cuts and layoffs by HCA Healthcare.

“In the last 10 years, HCA has profited $20 billion,” said Melinda Markowitz, president of the California Nurses Association and a registered nurse for almost 30 years. “They also received $700 million from the federal bailout money that we tax payers are paying for.”

“Yet last week, they want to do unnecessary layoffs and cutting of jobs, and we know when Regional Medical Center and Good Samaritan don’t have registered nurses at the bedside, that patient safety is going to be affected without a doubt.”

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