Northwestern Hospital needs more COVID-19 safeguards for workers, some employees say

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Some frontline workers at Northwestern Memorial Hospital say management should use millions of dollars in pandemic-related government grants to provide more safeguards for them.

Patient-care tech Kimberly Smith said Northwestern should be providing more personal protective equipment, hazard pay and regular COVID-19 testing for employees.

“We’re asking them for something that we know, by rights, we should have. And that’s the biggest problem that we’re getting with them. They have the capability but still refuse to do it.”

The union representing workers says the hospital is also leaving ICU beds empty as other medical centers face an overflow of COVID-19 admissions.

In a written response, Northwestern says the hospital has developed evolving safety protocols for workers during the pandemic, expanded testing for them and offered vaccinations to staff.