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Public hospital nurses of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation demanded safe staffing and fair funding as they kicked off their contract campaign in Harlem Tuesday, Feb. 5. 

The venue was the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s American Negro Theater and attendees included nurses from public hospitals across NYC along with elected officials and community leaders.

“The public hospital system serves one in five New Yorkers and is on track to provide care to hundreds of thousands more this year,” said Judith Cutchin, RN, NYSNA board member and president of NYSNA’s NYC H+H/Mayoral Executive Council.  “We share in the community call for quality care for all patients.  We need attention to conditions in the hospitals, including safe staffing ratios—enough nurses to do their jobs—which also helps us retain experienced RNs. We want to see fair funding for our public facilities. This contract is fundamentally about health care justice for the other New York, equality for all in health care.”