- Associated Press - Thursday, April 28, 2016

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) - A union representing staff at Memorial Hospital is asking the Rhode Island Health Department to take measures to prevent the Pawtucket medical center from closing its obstetrics unit.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1rAWYVo ) United Nurses and Allied Professionals Local 5082 has argued that shutting down the unit would violate conditions established by the health department when Memorial affiliated with Care New England in 2013.

The union says that Memorial would no longer be “an acute-care community hospital” if it closes its maternity unit.

Stephen Morris, an attorney representing the health department, claims that the union has no legal right to seek a declaratory judgment and agreed to a public meeting where arguments can be presented.

Judge Jeffery Lanphear ordered both parties to return before him on Thursday to resume discussions.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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