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.