Save NYC's Public Health System
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NYC H+H is in difficult financial condition, but cuts and the closure of services is not the answer!
When announcing the "One New York Transformation Plan" for Health+Hospitals in April 2016, Mayor de Blasio promised, "This plan will not close any more hospitals or layoff any workers, but expand comprehensive healthcare, especially in high-need communities".
Mayor de Blasio then initiated the "Commission on Healthcare for our Neighborhoods" (also known as the "Blue Ribbon Commission"), which released it's recommendations in March 2017, emphasizing that "the current inpatient configuration of NYC Health + Hospitals needs to be consolidated and reduced substantially". To many, this sounds like closure of many hospital units, if not entire facilities.
As workers at Health+Hospitals, we see first hand the challenges that our patients face, and call on City leadership to support the country's largest public health system:
- No closures of services or facilities: Because access to care should include where patients live
- No layoffs of healthcare workers: Because chronic and severe understaffing of nurses, doctors and support staff is already jeopardizing care
- Fair funding for public healthcare: Because both New York State and the Federal Government under-fund us
- Public input into any "consolidation" plans: Because patients deserve a say in their public health system
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