Bipartisan legislators send letter to governor: ‘Don’t take our doctors, nurses’
–This week, Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) and a bipartisan coalition of 10 legislators sent a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom requesting the administration give counties the right of first refusal for local healthcare providers who sign up for the new California Health Corps.
Under the new California Health Corps, doctors, nurses and other critical healthcare providers can sign up to be deployed to Alternative Care Sites (ACS) throughout the state. However, there does not seem to be a mechanism in place to ensure that local healthcare needs are being met before the state deploys Corps members to other regions, according to Cunningham.
“[W]e ask that you direct the California Health Corps program to work hand-in-hand with counties to ensure that healthcare workers are first offered to their local county,” the letter states. “If the home county does not need the additional assistance at the time, the Corps member then could be entered into the statewide pool and deployed to where he or she is needed.
“This would accomplish the broader goals of the program (including reducing barriers to entry for healthcare providers and staffing providers on the front lines at emergency ACS), while also ensuring that rural counties are able to mobilize their residents to assist locally.”
A copy of the letter is available here.
The letter is signed by Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo), Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced), Assemblymember Vince Fong (R-Bakersfield), Assemblymember Chad Mayes (I-Yucca Valley), Assemblymember Robert Rivas (D-Hollister), Assemblymember Monique Limon (D-Santa Barbara), Assemblymember James Gallagher (R-Yuba City), Assemblymember Randy Voepel (R-Santee), Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) and Assemblymember Tyler Diep (R-Huntington Beach).
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