Articles by Sara Flounders

Articles by Sara Flounders

Six hospital evacuations in NY-NJ

by on November 8, 2012

Six hospital evacuations in NY-NJ

  • Hospitals closed for a Drone weapons site
  • Hundreds of unused generators
  • Capitalist priorities intensify storm crisis

By Sara Flounders
Nov 7, 2012

The storm that hit the U.S. East Coast Oct. 29 exposed the harm done by capitalist priorities in the crucial areas of essential health care and electric power for millions.

Some 400 available industrial-scale generators sat unused while four major New York City hospitals located in flood zones and two New Jersey hospitals were forced to evacuate on an emergency basis. In the hospitals both the main energy source and emergency backup generators failed, providing the clearest possible example of bone- deep hospital and infrastructure maintenance cuts.

Meanwhile, high-rise apartment houses and entire neighborhoods went for days without electric power. That meant days without drinking water, flush toilets, heat or functioning elevators. This creates life-threatening conditions, especially for seniors, the disabled and infants. Continue reading »

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