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Overwhelmed Public Hospital Doctor Trainees Detail Grueling Pandemic Work Conditions

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.

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Lincoln Hospital Doctor Trainees Say Harsh Culture Took Toll Before Three Died

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.

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‘No Acceptable Reason’ for State-Run Nursing Home to Store PPE Outdoors: City Hospitals Czar

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."

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Calls for Staten Island Hospital Help Gain Medical Attention from NYC Mayoral Candidates

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.

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In Note to Fauci, Top City Doctor Takes Shot at de Blasio’s COVID-19 Contact Tracing Program

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.

Public Hospital Pandemic Prep Playbook Called for Massive Mask Stockpile That Didn’t Materialize

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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COVID Cases are Surging on Staten Island. It’s the Only Borough Without a Public Hospital.

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.

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Unmasked: NYC Hospitals Lag on COVID PPE Stockpile Requirement as Virus Surges

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.

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At New York’s Hospitals, Staff Brace for Another COVID Wave: ‘We Know What’s Coming’

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.

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Stringer Sues de Blasio in the Case of the Missing Pandemic Preparation Files

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.


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Wrong Masks and ‘Missing’ Ventilators: NYC’s Billion-Dollar COVID Gear Bungle

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.

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Grandma Quarantined at LaGuardia Hotel Treated More Like Inmate than Guest Amid COVID-19 Test Snag

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.

Many COVID Test-Seekers Lost in Translation at City-Run Testing Sites, Say Staff

With schools about to urge testing for symptomatic students, parents with limited English face special challenges in obtaining swabs.

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COVID Test-Wary Sunset Park Gets Stepped-Up City Attention to Ward Off Outbreak

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.

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City-Run COVID-19 Testing Sites Lagging in Results Turnaround

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.

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Brooklyn Woman’s Death During Childbirth Spurs Renewed Outcry Over Treatment Disparities

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.

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Doctors Call Cancellation of Kings County Hospital Gynecological Cancer Care an Emergency

Brooklyn city-run medical center pledged to continue providing chemo and radiology as protest loomed — but patients must travel to Manhattan for surgeries.

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Jailer Pushed Layleen Polanco Into Rikers Island Solitary Confinement Despite Red Flags: Report

NYC’s jail oversight board also found that city jail housing policy for transgender inmates created "increased pressure" to house her in solitary, where she died last June.

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Nurses Face Scores More Deaths Due to Protective Gear Shortage, Union Suit Charges

Union lawsuits estimate that three out of four New York nurses have been exposed to coronavirus — and that 250 could die of COVID-19.

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A Scramble for Dialysis Supplies in NYC as COVID-19 Attacks Kidneys

A shortage has forced New York doctors to lobby corporate executives for help. Up to 30% of coronavirus ICU patients also experience kidney failure.