The union National Nurses United has blasted Texas Presbyterian Hospital's handling of Ebola patient Thomas Duncan. The union released a list of disturbing claims that include Mr. Duncan being left outside of isolation for hours where he was in the presence of other patients, a lack of access to proper supplies and not having anyone to pick up medical waste, which they say piled up near the ceiling. The hospital released a statement:
"Patient and employee safety is our greatest priority and we take compliance very seriously. We have numerous measures in place to provide a safe working environment, including mandatory annual training and a 24-7 hotline and other mechanisms that allow for anonymous reporting. Our nursing staff is committed to providing quality, compassionate care, as we have always known, and as the world has seen firsthand in recent days. We will continue to review and respond to any concerns raised by our nurses and all employees. "
Anderson discussed all of this with National Nurses United Co-President Deborah Burger.
There are fears of a walkout by medical workers in Texas. Anderson spoke about the situation with Dr. Joseph McCormick, who is the Dean of the University of Texas School of Public Health.
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