Attorney general considers sale of 6 Catholic hospitals

Feb 20, 2015 3:40 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Attorney General Kamala Harris faces a midnight deadline to decide whether to allow the sale of six nonprofit Catholic hospitals to a for-profit corporation.

Harris could approve, deny or set conditions for selling the 150-year-old health care chain by midnight Friday.

The decision puts her in a battle between two influential labor unions.

Daughters of Charity Health Systems is struggling financially. It wants to sell the hospitals to Prime Healthcare Services Inc., sparking a debate over the future of the six hospitals in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas.

The Ontario, California-based company has long faced criticism over its billing practices and patient privacy rules.

The Service Employees International Union affiliate United Healthcare Workers West opposes the sale, while the politically powerful California Nurses Association the sale.

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