massive OWS bridge arrests.
Healthcare for the 99%, the Granny Peace Brigade and Act Up -- spoke about the Brooklyn hospital crisis.
Five hospitals in Brooklyn are in severe financial distress: Interfaith Medical Center, Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center and Brooklyn Hospital Center.
OWS asked: Why did Gov. Cuomo appointed Stephen Berger, a Wall Street millionaire financier, to be in charge of restructuring health care in Brooklyn?
Among other things, Berger (as head of the workgroup) wants to shut down SUNY Downstate's inpatient services and move them to SUNY LICH in Cobble Hill. Thousands of central Brooklyn residents would lose health care services, including an Emergency Room, and more than 1,500 jobs would be lost.
backed off this plan Friday after Brooklyn legislators interceded on the Flatbush facility’s behalf.)
Berger also stood in the way of the effort to include an emergency room at SUNY Downstate at Bay Ridge, according to the Brooklyn Eagle.
Berger is recommending that New York change its laws to allow for-profit investors to invest in financially-distressed public hospitals.
Incidentally, the New York Times recently detailed the mismanagement and lavish life style of Wyckoff Hospital's chief executive and board members, who appear to be sucking Wyckoff dry before the place folds.
More about this issue at the Save Our Safety Net website.
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