Medicine and the New York City Transit Strike

I hitchhiked to the office this morning in a van with four strangers. People are nervous, but helpful. It reminded me of the blackout of 2004, when my wife and I walked home across Central Park at night with a flashlight. (Like others, we didn’t have much of a choice.) Then as now, the strangers we met were uneasy, but friendly.

I hope the good attitude lasts. The hospitals are running smoothly, but our dialysis shifts are starting at 5 in the morning to minimize commuting problems, and soon, the health care system may start breaking down due to decreased staffing and transportation delays. The news is reporting that hospitals and EMS workers have been preparing for emergencies related to the transit strike and officials are worried about the inevitable decline in quality of care. If this continues, it won’t be long until the strike causes patients to die, and the headline will be “Killed by the Transit Strike.” Any small amount of sympathy people have for the striking transit workers will disappear.

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  • gasman

    New Yorkers breaking New York laws, with the victims being New Yorkers.

    Sounds like a case for Elliot Spitzer, uber prosecutor. But will he view that performing the job for which he is elected will futher his political aspirations. Probably not, as New York is a big union area. Spitzer won’t touch the union members. He may go along with token fines (the 1 million a day alleged so far is peanuts for such a large union; amounts to $20 per member per day; this for people making $60,000 a year)

  • J Philip

    My father in law is among the many dialysis patients this strike puts in harm’s way. In my view, Toussaint is a rogue rectal cavity.

  • Anonymous

    $60K a year isn’t mean that much in Manhattan, no matter what Walter Olson says.


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