State Sen. Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens on Sept. 8 pulled from the Assembly floor a bill that sought to improve patient care, safety and staffing at 570 dialysis clinics in California.
Lara tabled SB 349 a week before it was supposed to be voted on and two days after about 50 dialysis patients, nurses, and union leaders rallied outside a Moreno Valley clinic to demand better services.
“I will not seek a vote in the Assembly before the end of session and will bring SB 349 up for consideration when the Legislature reconvenes after we have conducted stakeholder meetings. I will invite industry, workers’ groups, patient groups, advocates and the administration to work together in the coming months to find common ground that protects patient safety and increases oversight,” said Lara in a press release.
Lara said he originally introduced the bill in response to the “shocking stories” heard from…
click here to read more.