New York Metropolis’s public hospitals chief needs to supply bonuses to front-line “hero” medical staff who’re risking their very own well being to save lots of the lives of sufferers affected by the coronavirus.
“We’re attempting to determine easy methods to give individuals bonuses for their arduous work,” Dr. Mitchell Katz, president/CEO of Well being + Hospitals, which oversees the town’s 11 public hospitals, mentioned in an interview with the Journal of the American Medical Affiliation posted Monday.
“These [doctors and nurses] are heroes. They’re saving individuals’s lives,” Katz mentioned.
He mentioned most of the medical staffers have virtually completely targeted on offering oxygen to severe sick COVID-19 sufferers to maintain them alive.
“They’re drained. They’re traumatized from the variety of deaths they’ve seen,” Katz mentioned.
Speak of bonuses comes amid a fiscal disaster triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, with Mayor de Blasio is recommending cuts to his spending plan for the upcoming fiscal 12 months.
However the metropolis hospital system needs to be in line for federal funds below the $2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus plan. Of that complete, a minimum of $100 billion is earmarked for hospitals and different medical amenities nationwide.
Requested to elaborate, a spokesman for Katz mentioned, “NYC Well being + Hospitals’ front-line workers are heroes and deserve recognition for their arduous work serving New Yorkers in want. We’re all our choices, monetary and non-financial, to acknowledge our heroes.
Mayor de Blasio’s workplace had no fast touch upon whether or not he was contemplating giving hospital staff bonuses.