CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County Health postponed non-urgent procedures and appointments and brought in temporary help after 900 nurses went on a one-day strike to protest staffing shortages. The nurses on strike Thursday work at Stroger and Provident hospitals, the system’s clinics, and Cermak Health Services, which provides health care to detainees at the Cook County Department of Corrections. A Cook County Health spokeswoman said some elective and non-urgent procedures or appointments have been rescheduled. The system also planned to bring in agency nurses to increase staffing in trauma and emergency departments. The nurses are represented by the National Nurses Organizing Committee. Their last contract expired in November.
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