Fred Mogul, Reporter, WNYC News
Fred Mogul has been covering healthcare and medicine for WNYC since 2002.
Unionized doctors at Harlem Hospital meet Thursday to decide whether to strike over the benefits package in a proposed contract.
The doctors already voted to authorize the work stoppage. They object to a new pension that isn't as generous as the current one and a proposal to phase out a special program that pays full tution for doctors' children to attend Columbia University or half-tuition at other schools.
The Health and Hospitals Corporation, the city agency that operates Harlem Hospital, says doctors are getting a deal comparable to what their get at HHC's ten other hospitals.
HHC says it is making contingency plans in case there is a strike -- including shifting staff to make sure the Emergency Room and other crucial departments are covered.