NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As a result of growing fears of discrimination against women and immigrants, and within communities of color, and with evidence of mounting violence against Muslims and other vulnerable populations, New Yorkers have stepped forward to invoke a great tradition of care and equality in the public hospital system. Public hospital nurses, doctors and healthcare workers in the system and their many supporters are declaring New York City hospitals "safe havens of care for all."
The declaration was issued today by a coalition of labor, civil rights, and public health advocacy organizations. Seven members of the Save Our Safety Net Campaign - including the New York State Nurses Association, Committee of Interns and Residents SEIU, Doctors Council SEIU, District Council 37 (DC37), the Commission on the Public's Health System and the New York Immigration Coalition, representing hundreds of thousands of people living and working in Metropolitan NYC, are reiterating the hospital system's popular credo: without regard to race, religion, immigration status or ability to pay, all those in need will be given care and protection at the city facilities. The New York City Health and Hospital system (NYC H+H) is comprised of 11 public hospitals. One in five New Yorkers received care in the system last year.