Low staffing levels alleged in California class action against nursing home

A class action lawsuit has been filed against a California nursing home corporation Ensign over allegations of low staffing levels.

The suit was filed on behalf of former patients, a nonprofit group and a labor union that has regularly criticized the Ensign Group, running 44 nursing homes, including facilities in Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach and Laguna Hills.

The lawsuit alleges that in 2003, the hospital chain violated staffing laws at 29 hospitals in California, dipping below the required daily 3.2 nursing hours per patient.

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