Health and Hospitals

More than 9,000 Health + Hospitals employees seek commitments to fewer patients at a time. But as public employees, it’s illegal for them to go on strike.
There are care clinics for long COVID, local support groups, and ideas from those living with this illness. Here’s what you should know if you’re trying to navigate chronic symptoms in New York City.
Closed investigation files reveal various misconduct at the Health and Hospitals Corporation, including a head surgeon who made staff plan his wedding and an ex-CEO who bent rules to secure his next job.
With union bargaining heating up from Montefiore to Mount Sinai, clinicians say their pleas for more personnel are going dangerously unaddressed.
With major change to an LGBTQ-favorite park on the horizon, queer beachgoers rejoiced in the annual Ms. Colombia Walk even as they face an un-shore future.
Officials at city-run hospitals concede they’re not equipped to deal with staff suicides as medical residents tell the City Council they’re understaffed and overburdened. The hearing came in the wake of reports on the recent deaths of three Lincoln Hospital residents.
Some residents training at the Bronx public hospital are in revolt over their allegedly “toxic” workplace following the deaths of three colleagues — two reportedly by suicide. City hospital leaders pledged to boost mental health help.
After NYC Health + Hospitals CEO Mitch Katz blasted the action at a Queens veterans nursing home, state officials acknowledged some boxes of protective gear had been damaged. But they called reports “grossly exaggerated.”
Support from a new mayor on getting a public hospital or increasing health spending would mark a sea change for borough officials, who’ve upped their push for more resources amid the pandemic.
Dr. Marcelle Layton, NYC’s communicable diseases boss, argued the $880 million test-and-trace effort isn’t effective — and said more funding should be injected into vaccinations, an email obtained by THE CITY shows.
The June 2019 document proved prescient in advising getting more PPE, enough staff to deal with throngs and space to isolate infected patients: “Lack of readiness creates significant safety problems.”
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Local leaders renewed calls for more public health care funding for Staten Island, which leads the city in COVID rates, logging its biggest one-day total since May.
Some hospitals still don’t have a state-mandated 90-day supply of protective equipment for frontline medical workers as mayor warns renewed restrictions on public life loom.
Concerns about staff and protective gear shortages rise along with an influx of new patients, even as hospitalizations and deaths remain far shy of the spring wave.
It marked the first lawsuit filed by the comptroller against City Hall. Stringer, a mayoral hopeful, wants documents key to his probe of de Blasio’s COVID crisis response.
At the height of the pandemic, the city issued $1.4 billion in emergency, no-bid contracts for crucial medical equipment — and got the wrong masks and lost track of deliveries, records show. “Stop this s—t!” one bureaucrat cried during an online meeting.
Brooklyn woman trapped in isolation for 10 days and counting in a room with an unlocked door and a locked patio. She voluntarily checked in to shield her family following return from a high-risk state.
With schools about to urge testing for symptomatic students, parents with limited English face special challenges in obtaining swabs.
Heath officials deploy door-to-door effort to reach immigrants in Brooklyn neighborhood where stats show coronavirus testing lags and infection are higher than city average.
The city says results arrive in 3 to 5 days. But that’s not what some New Yorkers are finding — or even what some of the free testing locations promised when we called.
The loss of Sha-asia Washington, less than three months after the death of Amber Isaac, reignited scrutiny of maternal health care for Black women in New York.