2005-09-23 / Community

Weiner: Save Brooklyn VA Hospital

Representative Anthony Weiner recently addressed a public hearing of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Local Advisory Panel, considering the consolidation of the Brooklyn and Manhattan hospitals, according to a spokesperson for the Congressman.

Weiner urged the VA to save the VA hospitals in Manhattan and Brooklyn - and oppose consolidation of the Manhattan and Brooklyn campuses of the VA New York Harbor Healthcare system. Following the hearing, Rep. Weiner released the following statement:

“A total of 169,000 veterans count on the facilities of the New York Harbor Healthcare system each year.

“At this time we need more hospital beds for New York’s veterans - not less. There is currently a 6-month waiting list for health care in New York for veterans who served our country bravely. This is wholly unacceptable.

“To make matters worse for many of New York’s veterans, the Brooklyn facility is two miles from the subway. To close the Manhattan hospital would create a barrier for veterans - many of them disabled - who rely on public transportation.

“Additionally, consolidation poses unacceptable risks: potential loss of partnerships with NYU Medical School in Manhattan and SUNY in Brooklyn, an end to specialized services in Manhattan for HIV/AIDS treatment, cardiac surgery, and dialysis, and an unclear future for the Women’s Health Care center in Brooklyn.

“Veterans refused to turn their back when we needed them. The VA should not turn their backs on veterans when they need us.”

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