To Save a Buck, Let’s All Catch TB!

This article is reprinted from the Speak Out Now healthcare newsletter at Kaiser and Highland Hospitals in Oakland, CA.

We know that Kaiser is notorious for cutting corners, but the recent email sent to all Kaiser employees that the hospital would no longer be mandating tuberculosis (TB) testing, appeared almost like an early April Fool’s joke. Cal OSHA mandates TB testing for all school employees and healthcare workers in the state of California, where workers are exposed to a high frequency of people or laboratory pathogens.

Let’s use some common sense – healthcare workers are exposed to high volumes of people daily, and the majority of them are sick! Now let’s look at the law –TB testing is mandatory under Title 22 (T22) California Code of Regulation. So what is Kaiser playing at?

Kaiser, Kaiser, you can’t hide, we can see your reckless side! We know the hospital chain is trying to save a buck, but why put patients and workers in such danger?