SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) is concerned with what they’re calling unsafe practices within Trinity Health, which operates Mercy Medical Center.
The MNA sent a letter to Trinity Health CEO Michael A. Slubowski responding to the COVID-19 vaccine requirement that takes effect Sept. 21, 2021. While they are in full support of the vaccine measure, they also allege management has put healthcare workers at risk by refusing to comply with standard infection control practices, and aren’t providing efficient PPE supplies.
22News contacted Mercy Medical Center spokesperson Mary Orr, who couldn’t comment specifically on the nurses allegations of safety issues, did respond to the vaccine requirement. “With safety as our top priority, Mercy Medical Center not only requires COVID-19 vaccination for all colleagues, we also actively promote vaccination efforts in the local community,” said Orr.
The MNA is currently in contract negotiations with Trinity-owned Mercy Medical Center.