Irvine, CA — More than 40 physicians employed by OptumCare Medical Group have filed a petition to form a union to address patient care and workload concerns.
“Patient care comes first. Doctors should be the ones making decisions about next steps for their patients, not these restrictions implemented by management,” said Dr. Stuart Bussey, UAPD President. “With a union, we can return decision-making to frontline providers.”
The physicians working across five hospitals in Orange County desire greater transparency and input into decision-making processes affecting patients at OptumCare. The forming of a union will give them a stronger collective voice to advocate for changes impacting community health.
The petition filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) enables the hospitalists to hold a union election in the coming weeks. If successful, the physicians will join a growing number of healthcare workers who have formed unions to improve their working conditions and ensure the highest quality of care for patients.
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