Health Professionals Demand Change
They hoped those who attended Saturday's Mizzou football game would take notice and demand change. But these health professionals weren't cheering football fans.
The members of the labor union American Federation of Government employees held signs and chanted for change. Union officials say the hospital needs to treat employees better who are injured on the job. They also want the hospital to prevent patient and worker injuries by giving staff the resources to do their jobs safely.
Union president Gary Parker, M.D. commented, "I am a United States Army Veteran and a former Army Officer and I'm very worried that we're going to lose our nurses, the older ones. The average age of a nurse now is 49 years old, and these older nurses are going to be retiring and quitting and with the reputation of this hospital. We're going to have a hard time replacing them."
A hospital spokesperson told KOMU the union has the chance to voice concerns through monthly meetings. The spokesperson also said the hospital gets high marks on patient satisfaction. But union representatives say the hospital doesn't listen.