Hospital Staff Rallies in Front of St. Joseph Hospital to Protest Job Cuts

EUREKA, Ca. (KIEM) – Hospital staff rallied in front of Saint Joseph Hospital to protest the ongoing staffing and healthcare crisis.

Last week, two radiology technicians were laid off. Back in October, the hospital laid off 25 workers. Hospital staff workers are growing frustrated. Citing the lack of caregivers is affecting patient care. Such as long waits in the emergency room and delays in basic hospital care.

When asked about job cuts, the hospital released this statement “We will always adapt to create the best organizational model that allows us to serve our community’s changing needs. It is important that the community have confidence in health care delivery in Humboldt County. Rather than being influenced by union rhetoric, the public needs to be informed regarding the facts and overwhelming positive changes we have enacted.”

Many local officials came to support the workers, including the mother of Josiah Lawson, Charmaine Lawson.

The National Union of Healthcare Workers says they’ve been trying to talk with the hospital. Until changes are made, they will continue to rally.

Saint Joseph Hospital is the regional healthcare provider. The Union says they will continue to partner with elected officials and advocate for proper healthcare.