This story has been updated to include a response from Santa Clara County.
Physicians working in Santa Clara County’s Health and Hospital System today delivered boxes containing more than 3,500 petitions urging Santa Clara County supervisors to support a fair contract with Santa Clara County’s publicly employed doctors.
The Valley Physicians Group (VPG), which represents approximately 450 physicians is in negotiations with the county on a new contract.
“Despite being hailed by county leaders as among the ‘frontline heroes of the pandemic’ for their dedicated service during the two-years of the COVID-19 pandemic, VPG physicians have worked without a contract for more than a year.” the union said in a statement.
“The county’s proposals dramatically harm patient care and safety by reducing the time they receive with their doctors and treating them as units of time rather than real people with valid healthcare needs,” the physicians’ group said in a statement.
The county responded with its own statement: “The county is currently engaged in contract negotiations and an associated fact-finding process with Valley Physicians Group, which we expect will result in a new contract between the County and the doctors who work in our health system."
"The county is committed to reaching an agreement with Valley Physicians Group that will enable the county to maintain a fiscally sustainable, top-notch healthcare system for the hundreds of thousands of patients we serve every year.”
“We are proud to serve some of Santa Clara County’s most vulnerable community members,” said VPG Chairman Dr. Stephen J. Harris. “Our patients should not be denied time with their doctor and the quality healthcare experience just because they are using a public hospital. Santa Clara County’s Health and Hospital System should be setting the standard for quality care, not lowering the bar.”