Stop The Discharges At Laguna Honda Hospital! Discharges = Deaths

Thursday, February 2, 2023

3:00 PM
375 Laguna Honda Blvd.

In Front of the Laguna Honda Hospital Entrance
in front of Murals Across From Muni Forrest Hill Station


Stop The Discharges At Laguna Honda Hospital! Discharges = Deaths

Thursday, February 2, 2023

3:00 PM

375 Laguna Honda Blvd.  San Francisco

In Front of Laguna Honda Hospital Entrance, in front of Murals Across From Muni Forrest Hill Station 

Despite unanimous opposition from the community and labor to the continued discharge of patients at San Francisco City’s Laguna Honda Hospital, Mayor London Breed and her hand-picked San Francisco Department of Public Health commissioners have decided that discharges will start again on February 3, 2023. It was only announced yesterday that they will be postponed until May 19th, when the discharges will start again. This further terrorizes the patients and residents.

These discharges have already killed 12 patients of the Hospital. Further discharges will lead directly to more deaths, and they have been warned at DPH hearings. Nursing home workers are already overloaded with patients and not prepared for many of the fragile residents and patients at Laguna Honda.

The SF Board of Supervisors has also refused to stop the discharges, and Supervisor Mandelman wants to shut down the debate by ending hybrid meetings where disabled, community, and labor members can participate remotely.

The fact is that there are not enough healthcare facilities like Laguna Honda. This same Board, and the Department of Public Health director Colfax knew that patients who needed care were being discharged despite needing the care at Laguna Honda. This board and DPH Direc- tor Colfax need to be held responsible for these deaths, and Mayor London Breed and the Board of Supervisors must STOP THIS NOW or be held responsible for any further deaths resulting from discharges.

We demand that Newsom and the State Department of Public Health along with US Secretary of Health & Human Services Xavier Becerra put a halt to these discharges. The Chair of Board Dan Bernal is the Chief of Staff for Nancy Pelosi and yet they are allowing the discharges to start again. Behind this is the drive to privatize the hospital and sell of the land for luxury condos which developers are already planning for. This also a boon for the private nursing home industry which Gavin Newsom and his state agencies refusing  to properly regulate and provide oversight of these nursing homes.

We need to stop the privatization of public health system and demand that nursing homes be run properly by the public without billionaires cutting costs for more profits. The outsourcing to consultants and the expenditures of over 56 million dollars as well has not been transparent, and instead of bringing in professionals, they are wasting more money by not hiring professionals as city employees to do the job.

Bring your community members and union brothers and sisters and bring your signs & banners to this speak-out. 

No Discharges, End The Secrecy By Department of Public Health Labor and Community United To Protect Laguna Honda Hospital

Supported by: Brenda Barros, SEIU 1021 SF General Hospital Chapter President, Cheryl Thornton, SEIU 1021 Community Healthcare Chapter Vice Chair, United Public Workers For Action, UPTE-CWA 9119

United Front Committee for A Labor Party ( (www.ufclp)