California labor organizations said they have formed a watchdog group to track hospital compliance with a new state law that mandates minimum nurse-to-patient staffing ratios. The law becomes effective Jan. 1. Hospital Watch, made up of 11 labor groups, including the Service Employees International Union, will ask hospital employees for reports on their hospitals' staffing levels and will educate the public about the law, a spokeswoman said. An effort to establish tough sanctions for violating the staffing law failed in the state Legislature last month. A spokeswoman at the California Healthcare Association said she had not heard of the initiative and could not comment on it. -- by Patrick Reilly
Calif. unions say they'll watch hospitals' staffing
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