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Hospital privatization paused as union fights ruling

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WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Privatizing three public hospitals is on hold as a union fights a lower court's ruling.

The Maui News reports (http://bit.ly/1WaxAlX) the state attorney general filed a motion Friday asking that the transition process be allowed to continue.

Kaiser Foundation Hospitals' subsidiary Maui Health Systems is scheduled to take over running Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital and Lanai Community Hospital by July 1.

Attorney General Doug Chin said that the injunction stopping the transition came six weeks before the July 1 deadline and does not give enough time for the hospitals to reverse course to public operation.

United Public Workers represents 1,500 Hawaii Health Systems Corp. employees. The group argues the law allowing the hospitals to privatize violates the contracts clause of the U.S. constitution.

Information from: The Maui News, http://www.mauinews.com

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