California nurses protest layoffs, call for resignation of Palomar Health CEO

ESCONDIDO, CA — After a frustrating couple months — which saw some 300 workers, including nurses, get laid off — these nurses once again rallied against Palomar Medical Center.

This time, they’re calling for the resignation of Palomar Health CEO Diane Hansen and the rescinding of layoffs.

The nurses delivered a letter to hospital management, with this message.

“All have lost confidence that she can guide us through this pandemic and through this crisis that our community is facing currently,” said Sue Phillips.

“We have no confidence with our CEO she broke the law, layoff people. We’re here to demand all those that were laid off,” said Pacita Balcom.

Nurses also claimed the hospital has failed to provide them with enough personal protective equipment. San Diego County has seen close to 5,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, along with 175 deaths.

“We don’t have enough PPE that we use in the hospital and safety among nurses, patients, are also in there,” said Beverly Santiago, Palomar RN/Nurse Rep – California Nurses Association.

The hospital has said the cuts were necessary as it lost $6 million in revenue since the start of the pandemic, as non-emergency and outpatient procedures were put on hold.

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