State attorney general files motion asking court to lift injunction on Maui hospitals

Maui Memorial Medical Center

A new development involving the now-halted transition of three Maui County hospitals on Friday.

State Attorney General Doug Chin filed a motion today, asking the court to lift an order that temporarily stops Kaiser’s takeover of the hospitals.

They are Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital and Clinic and Lanai Community Hospital.

Kaiser was supposed to take over on July 1, but the United Public Workers Union filed a complaint to stop the transition over contract concerns.

It is not known when the court will rule on the attorney general’s motion.

“We asked the Court to lift or modify the order now and allow the work necessary to implement the transition to go forward. The Court’s order came six weeks before the transfer to Kaiser. By all accounts that is not enough time to reverse course and run the hospitals as public facilities,” Chin explained.

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