After yesterday's news that St. Vincent's Hospital is struggling to survive debts amounting to $700 million and cutting employee salaries by 25%, comes more bad news today for New York City hospitals.
Eight lawsuits were filed against city hospitals for cheating more than 100,000 employees of overtime pay. Registered nurses charged that they were expected to be available without breaks, and should have been compensated. Among the hospitals named in the suit are Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Mount Sinai Medical and New York University Hospital Center.
If that wasn't enough bad news, state budget cuts may force public hospitals in the city to cut 3,900 jobs. The president of Health and Hospitals Corporation, Alan Aviles, said they have been downsizing through attrition, but layoffs may be in the future.