UC hospitals canceling elective surgeries
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The five largest University of California medical centers have begun canceling elective surgeries because of a looming, two-day strike by some workers next week.
The Los Angeles Times reports emergency care will continue and patients already in hospitals in San Diego, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Davis will receive treatment. Officials say elective procedures will be delayed until after the potential strike set for Tuesday and Wednesday.
A union representing the 13,000 health care workers is threatening the strike but said it will keep weekend-level staffing in critical areas.
UC officials say they would hire temporary replacement workers during a strike. That could cost at least $15 million in lost revenue and extra pay over two days.