SF nurses stage rally to keep home health care program

SAN FRANCISCO – After more than 16 years the Home Health Care Program at UCSF Medical Center will end on September 30th of this year.

In a rally held by the California Nurses Association (CNA) registered nurses said they could not stand by and watch their patients no longer receive vital health care.

“It’s heartbreaking,” said Registered Nurse Erin Carrera. “It’s outrageous. We’re angry and sad that our institution where we pour our heart and soul into taking care of our patients and community would consider cutting what is a vital service.”

56 positions will be lost when the program ends in September; however, the nurses say it does not compare to the thousands of patients who will lose out on services, according to CNA.

In a statement from UCSF the program faced difficulty in financial stability, citing how reimbursement from insurers could not keep up with costs of the program.

UCSF also cited how they decided to shift financial resources toward education since they are an academic medical center.

The nurses say that UCSF can easily support the program because its revenues have gone up in the past five years.

San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim stood with the nurses calling for the need for more health care for the medically underserved.

“This program keeps costs down and also provides equal sharing between our private sector and our public sector to share our entire community,” said Kim.

Current patients will be assisted in finding appropriate providers for their home care needs and that the program employees will also be assisted in finding positions within or outside the medical center, according to UCSF.

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