First step to winning safe staffing: DONE!
On Wednesday, March 29, we won the Senate Health Committee vote to move the Dialysis Patient Safety Act (SB 349) closer to becoming law.
Over 80 dialysis caregivers and patients met with lawmakers at the California State Capitol to share their personal accounts about unsafe staffing and unsanitary conditions patients are currently subjected to.
But, we weren’t the only ones there. The dialysis industry showed up to protect their multi billion dollar profits—bringing roughly an equal number of clinic managers and facility administrators to testify that our patient safety legislation is a bad idea.
But, the Senate Health Committee wasn’t fooled. They listened to us — caregivers, patients, academic and industry experts —and they overwhelmingly voted YES to improve staffing and safety.
After seeing how dialysis companies treat patients like his father, Emanuel Gonzales decided to share his story with California lawmakers.
What’s at stake with the Dialysis Patient Safety Act (SB 349)? Senator Leyva makes the case.
This is a proud moment for all of us, but our work isn’t over. Up next: the Judiciary Committee in April and then winning a full Senate vote in May.
We’ll see you there!