Providence’s cuts to sick leave would affect patient care

I want to inform readers of a grave injustice that is proposed for the health care workers at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. Providence is attempting to eliminate our sick benefit and leave for thousands of front-line health care workers without the high quality health care we rely on to not only take care of our own health but our families health also.

Their proposed replacement plan is inadequate, mostly paid for by state taxpayers and is essentially a significant cut in our sick leave benefits and coverage.

Without adequate sick leave time, and a living wage, we cannot take care of ourselves or our families and likely will be unable to provide ourselves and the community as a whole, the quality health care that we all deserve.

Everyday our skills and compassion provide healing and comfort for those in our community. This is who we are and what we all want to be able to continue to do. Our greatest reward is seeing our patients through illness and injury and return them to healthy and active members of the community, I have has many personal experiences helping care for a seriously injured patient and return them to healthy members of the community.

Providence Regional Medical Center Everett needs to provide the same care to its workers that we provide for our patients and community.

Providence needs to keep our sick leave benefits in place so that we have the support that we need to provide the quality health care our communities deserve.

Scott Minckler

Everett

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