Saturday, May 15, 2010

Challenge of Hospital Emergency Preparedness

Public Health and Terror emergencies in NYC

Julie Menin, chairwoman of Manhattan's Community Board 1, discusses the threat to terrorism preparedness caused to Lower Manhattan by the loss of St. Vincent's Hospital. Having a fully-operating, "community hospital" in Lower Manhattan is the only way that residents, who were lured by grants to move to Lower Manhattan after the attacks of September 11, can be assured of receiving hospital emergency medical treatment.

The whole city was agitated and outraged after the Obama administration slashed $53 million from the city's terror-fighting budget -- a dozen days after a botched bomb plot to kill people in Times Square -- I want to know why isn't some of that that agitation and outrage directed to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York City Council, after St. Vincent's Hospital was closed under shady conditions on April 30, 2010?

We know that now that St. Vincent's Hospital has closed, we have lost a critical part of our terrorism preparedness. Why don't our elected officials see this ?

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