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Harlem Hospital Braces for Possible Doctors Strike

Thursday, December 16, 2010

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.

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Comments [2]

PublicMD

I can't believe the power hungry HHC administrators are jeopardizing the lives of the Harlem patients. The affiliation with the medical schools has served patients well over the years, bringing quality physicians to public hospitals. Now they want to turn the hospitals into a feudal system where corruption and political cronyism will decide who stays and who goes.

Dec. 16 2010 09:11 AM
Shadeed Ahmad from New York, New York

The doctors of the Harlem Hospital Center are a beautiful balance of being skilled, hardworking and ultra sensitive in attending their patients. There is tremendous healing power permeating the Harlem Hospital Center where many of the doctors volunteer there time and skills to heal the underprivileged of society who have little or no other options.

In my humble opinion the doctors of the Harlem Hospital Center deserve the benefits they have and much more. It is criminal to under rate these venerable doctors importance and value to the community they serve so beautifully.

The doctors of Harlem Hospital Center should be never considered for cuts in their benefits. They benefit the health of New York City residents way beyond mundane perceptions of what great doctors are about.

The imvestments made in making the doctors of Harlem Hospital Center satisfied are well worth it.

I wish the doctors of Harlem Hospital Center and their families all the best, and may GOD bless them all with success.

Dec. 16 2010 01:36 AM

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