De Blasio and advocates applaud LICH court decision

Brooklyn Currents | 9/14/2013 | 0 comments

FROM NY1

Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio on Friday, Sept.  13 attended a rally celebrating a judge's most recent decision to keep Long Island College Hospital open.
Bill de Blasio displays judge's decision suspending hospital closures

De Blasio said it effectively creates a moratorium on hospital closures around the city because the judge ruled that the state's process for closing facilities is unconstitutionally vague and needs to be changed.

SUNY Downstate, which runs the Cobble Hill facility, has tried repeatedly to close it down claiming it's losing too much money.

"This is a historic decision. This is a decision in favor of health care for all, in favor of listening to neighborhoods again and making sure that people are protected and government taking responsibility for the needs of the people," de Blasio said.

The emergency room at LICH remains open, and ambulances last week resumed transporting non-critical patients.

SUNY Downstate stressed the hospital is still not a full service facility and can only offer basic services.
They say they are reviewing the latest ruling.

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