State Rep. Tarik Khan, D-Philadelphia, speaks at a press conference on the Patient Safety Act on Wednesday, June 21, 2023.
Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers.
“Are you going to protect our patients or not?”
That’s the question nurses and healthcare advocates said they are asking policymakers this week, hoping to spur action on long-sought legislation that they say would improve patient care, and combat staffing concerns at hospitals across the commonwealth.
House Bill 106, also known as the “Patient Safety Act” is sponsored by state Rep. Tom Mehaffie, R-Dauphin, and would establish a minimum nurse-to-patient ratio at Pennsylvania hospitals.
There is currently no limit to the number of patients that can be assigned to a nurse in Pennsylvania.
State Rep. Tarik Khan, D-Philadelphia, said at a press conference on Wednesday that the bill provides a “safe level of accountability,” by setting a floor for what is considered appropriate in terms of staffing standards.
The bill, which passed the House Health Committee earlier this month in a 12-9 vote, has yet to see a floor vote.
A co-sponsor of the bill, state Rep. Kathleen “K.C.” Tomlinson, R-Bucks, said the “commonsense” legislation has bipartisan support.
“As legislators, we come to Harrisburg with the goal of making life better for those in our district and around the Commonwealth. That is what this bill does,” Tomlinson said. “We must put patients above profits.”
Amanda Lapina, vice president of SEIU Healthcare PA, said that nurses — and their patients — have waited long enough for change.
“We’re tired of waiting,” Lapina said. “Our patients cannot wait any longer.”
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What Goes On
As of this writing, Gov. Josh Shapiro has no public schedule today
And now you’re up to date.
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