Tag Archives: New York

ER docs to be sacked / NUMC says credentials and training of doctors don't meet standards, while union sees the move as a step to privatize the public center

Source: MICHAEL ROTHFELD, NY Newsday, November 29, 2005

Nassau University Medical Center officials yesterday announced plans to replace nearly all their veteran emergency room doctors within six months, saying the physicians’ training and credentials are not up to today’s standards. Union leaders who represent the doctors immediately accused administrators of violating a deal to forgo layoffs at the public hospital in East Meadow. They said the firings are the first step in an effort to privatize the emergency room. The hospital entered into an affiliation agreement with the nonprofit North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in the summer. Jerry Laricchiuta, president of the Civil Service Employees Association Local 830, said he believes North Shore will eventually take over operating the hospital. “They monopolize health care on Long Island and in Nassau County,” he said.

Bridge inspection called too costly / Union says work force cuts driving state reliance on contractors

Source: Albany Times Union (NY)
Date: Monday, November 21, 2005

Hiring private contractors to inspect New York’s bridges is costing the state at least 50 percent more than using state employees on the job, according to a new study by the Public Employees Federation. What’s more, PEF analysts say, internal Department of Transportation memos show that the agency’s increasing reliance on consultants hasn’t been fueled by a desire to save money, increase efficiency or improve quality. Rather, the memos indicate that consultant contracts are seen as a way to replace bridge inspectors lost due to early retirements and freezes on hiring and promotions.