The good news: DC has committed $300M to a new hospital on the St Elizabeth’s campus. The bad news: the city won't commit to what kind of care will be provided. Local activists have launched a campaign calling on DC Mayor Muriel Bowser for transparency and high quality care: click here to email her now. Bowser is negotiating a deal with Universal Health Services (UHS) to replace United Medical Center (UMC), but, as previously reported in UC (link), despite protests from the community, the D.C. Council approved a bill last December that fails to ensure that the services provided by the new hospital will meet the needs of residents, patients, and workers. “Now the Mayor is negotiating a sweetheart deal with a for-profit hospital company without community input,” says DC Jobs with Justice. At risk, says the coalition, are both quality healthcare, and quality union jobs. A Town Hall on the health care crisis in DC will be held April 27; click here for details.
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