Comprehensive Workplace Health and Safety Programs are Needed in Health Care

Source: Craig Slatin, NEW SOLUTIONS: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, Volume 19, Number 1, 2009
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Cost control has become a battle cry for health care–and it is being fulfilled on the backs of health care workers–literally. As health care labor costs are cut, health care work has been intensified. Health care workers are being made to “do more with less.” Increasingly, direct care and ancillary support are provided by low wage and inadequately trained personnel. Skilled tasks that were formerly performed by licensed professional workers (nurses) are being shifted to nonlicensed and inadequately trained personnel (aides/assistants).

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