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Medical professionals protest against South Bay maternity closure [Video]

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Workers fear the closure will disproportionally harm families in underserved areas of the South Bay by forcing them to travel farther for services.

Local workers worry the closure harms mothers and their babies in underserved areas of the South Bay by forcing them to go miles farther away for services.

However, Scripps says this will help the hospital meet the rising number of emergency room patients they’re seeing.

Dozens of physicians, nurses, advocates and patients, stood side by side to protest the closure of Scripps Mercy Hospital’s maternity ward unit in Chula Vista.

“We hope that they can reconsider taking away care from a really vulnerable population that needs the labor and delivery care,” said physician, Christian Perez.

“Everybody will be at risk,” added another concerned worker.

The protest took place at The Hotel Del Coronado where Scripps held their sold-out 50th Annual Ball that draws in donors every year.

Workers say they decided to protest at the site …

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