Low staffing may put HCA patients in Florida at risk, report finds

Earlier this year, a groundbreaking report from SEIU exposed the short-staffing crisis at HCA hospitals and its impact on workers and patients, including at Florida facilities. 


Staffing levels at HCA hospitals in Florida are 32% below the average of other hospitals in the state, reports the Tampa Bay Times.


Citing CMS Statements of Deficiency, the Tampa Bay Times reported on patient care failures due to low staffing at 18 Florida HCA hospitals, including HCA Florida Citrus Hospital and HCA Florida South Tampa where short-staffing and inadequate monitoring led to patient deaths. 

Recently, Florida doctors raised concerns about the declining  quality of patient care at HCA Florida Bayonet Point due to cuts in staffing. In response to these allegations, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL 12th District) sent a letter to HCA Florida Bayonet Point demanding answers.