A recent NYC Comptroller’s report found that claims against City hospitals had increased over the past year, but the most alarming aspect of the report was that claims against Kings County Hospital represented nearly 20% of all claims against the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (NYCHHC). This report gives Kings County Hospital the sad distinction of being the malpractice capital of the city.
Kings County Hospital is not the only City Hospital in the news for all the wrong reasons. Recent newsworthy cases against NYCHHC include the choking death of a patient who required a soft diet was given a sandwich by a nurse and Department of Health citations relating to blood type testing procedures put in place after a botched transfusion. The problems at Coney Island Hospital’s labs were so pervasive that the NYCHHC turned over day to day operations of the lab to a private company.
Every patient deserves competent care, regardless of their insurance type, income or immigration status. Unfortunately the plans to improve the system did not include focusing on patient safety.
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