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New bill to help health care workers

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An interesting article in The Denver Post yesterday addresses administrative problems in hospitals that could be to the detriment of health care workers and patients, possilby leading to medical malpractice.

The article tells the story of a hospital cleaning crew supervisor who was fired after repeatedly asking for more staff members to help them do a better job. Nurses and others complained that they were not doing an adequate job of cleaning, while the workers said they did not have enough people to get the job done.

Rep. Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, is proposing a new bill to the Colorado Legislature protecting health care workers for whistle-blowing. There are currently no OSHA standards in place for these issues. On Thursday, the bill passed the House Health and Human Services Committee.