SBCO

Saturday, December 13, 2014 – 11:45 a.m.

The California Nurses Association (CNA), successfully and legally, pulled off a two-day walkout at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center this week.

Other than proving it has the legal stamina to establish its right to strike, nothing much else happened.

In reaction to the walkout, the county essentially shut down the hospital causing a flood of medi-cal patients to be dumped on other area facilities for the duration of the abbreviated job action. The whole ordeal garnered some good, but confusing, press stories.

But does the county really care? The answer is most likely “no”.

The county, and especially Greg Devereaux, its chief executive officer, could likely care less. They’re out to make a point and they’ll spend whatever it takes to put CNA in its place, and even spend extra if necessary doing so.

County Supervisors will hold firm, absent some type of sustained political and logistical pressure that really throws a wrench into the system, and it’s doubtful county nurses have the stomach for a longer walk out.

But one never knows.

If patient care and safety is really a problem at the county’s flagship hospital then expose it. Don’t just say it is!

We’ll have to see how this plays out……