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Byline: Mike Freeman
Aug. 11--State inspectors have found that Sharp HealthCare failed to meet nurse-to-patient staffing ratios at three of its San Diego hospitals during breaks and lunches.
The California State Department of Health conducted surprise inspections in May at Sharp Memorial Hospital, Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital and Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women. The inspections were conducted based on complaints from the nurses union just prior to contentious labor contract talks.
The inspections found that Sharp facilities fell behind nurse-to-patient staffing ratios when nurses took breaks or had lunch, according to inspection records from the …