WATCH: Morton Hospital employees rally for better wages, work conditions
TAUNTON, Mass. (WLNE)- Today, more than 100 employees took to the streets in Taunton rallying for better pay and better working conditions at Morton Hospital.
The staff concerned with current vacancies at the hospital today at the rally they said 190 jobs are open and in order to serve patients, but travel nurses, which are more expensive, are being hired temporarily.
City council members, State Senator Marc Pacheco, and Representative Carol Doherty were also in attendance.
We reached out to Morton Hospital today for a statement on the rally,
“We echo the sentiments expressed by our valued nursing team members regarding the staffing challenges faced by nearly all health care providers across the country, in the midst of this global pandemic. Excellent nursing staff is key to optimizing quality patient care, which is why we are pleased our sustained efforts to recruit top local talent have resulted in Morton recently filling more than 50 open nursing jobs, with more to come onboard very soon. We remain incredibly grateful to all our nurses and care team members who have gone above and beyond throughout the pandemic to continue providing top-quality care to the Taunton community.”