By Build Back Better (Contact)
To be delivered to: Mayor Michael Bloomberg
After Sandy, New York City’s healthcare crisis is still unfolding.
Healthcare professionals warn that the aftermath of the crisis leaves New Yorkers vulnerable to the spread of infectious diseases, mold and dust, and clean-up hazards.
Thousands of New Yorkers – in Staten Island, the Rockaways, and Coney Island – are still trapped in their homes with urgent and unattended medical needs. Many are still without heat, electricity, hot water, or adequate food.
The storm has weakened a healthcare system that was already failing many of our city’s residents -- primary care facilities are not disaster-proof, emergency response is lacking, and the current infrastructure does not ensure care to all New Yorkers.
Mayor Bloomberg needs to take immediate action to fill the gap in care and take this as an opportunity to rebuild a better city healthcare system that provides quality care to all New Yorkers.
1. FILL THE GAP IN CARE
Take immediate measures to fill the gap in care left by hospital closures and the hospital bed shortage resulting from Sandy.
2. RE-OPEN BELLEVUE, CONEY ISLAND, THE VA, AND NYU LANGONE
The Mayor must commit to a clear, safe, and expedited timeline for the full re-opening of Coney Island Hospital, Bellevue Hospital, the Manhattan VA, and NYU Langone Medical Center – and get those hospitals the resources they need to make it happen. And the Mayor must take immediate steps to fully restore the infrastructure at hospitals that were damaged by the storm, like Coler Hospital on Roosevelt Island.
3. TAKE THE LEAD IN MEDICAL RELIEF - REQUEST HELP FROM FEMA
The Mayor must take the lead in coordinating all medical relief efforts in the city, including regular monitoring of developing health concerns, adequate allocation and timely delivery of medical supplies, and regular communication and coordination with community-based relief efforts. The Mayor must also issue a formal request for much-needed assistance from FEMA.
4. BUILD BACK BETTER
Sandy and its aftermath exposed the weakness in our city’s healthcare system. Many already lacked access to care before the storm hit. Now is the time for our city to re-invest in our healthcare infrastructure, including ensuring disaster and surge preparedness, rapid emergency response, and a stronger safety net. It’s time to rebuild a city healthcare system that serves all New Yorkers.
Mayor Bloomberg, don’t let a healthcare crisis devastate our city. The time to act is NOW. Let's BUILD BACK BETTER.
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