Nurses in Pennsylvania Protest Over Staffing and Wages as COVID-19 Cases Soar

Nearly 800 nurses at a hospital in eastern Pennsylvania’s Bucks County went on strike on the morning of Tuesday, November 17, over what they say are dangerously low staffing levels amid soaring coronavirus cases, local media reported.

The strike at St Mary Medical Center, a hospital in Langhorne owned by Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic, was led by the hospital’s registered nurses and members of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP) labor union, Bucks County Courier Times reported.

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, nurses said low staffing was tied to low wages, with nearby hospitals offering higher pay, and feared a lack of adequate staffing would lead to an increase in deaths from COVID-19.

Pennsylvania Gov Tom Wolfe said on November 17 that the state was experiencing a “dangerous surge” of cases of the coronavirus. Credit: PASNAP via Storyful