Democrats are ready to pass a bill on nursing care on Monday – deal with their own problems with the government of Andrew Cuomo.
The Senate is expected to convene on Monday, with 10 bills introduced earlier this month with the goal of reforming the nursing protocol on issues including mortality reporting, staff turnover and visitation standards.
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said: “The tragic situation in our nursing home is still a bad reminder of the number of epidemics.
“Senate adults have worked to deliver transparent results by increasing transparency and raising the standard of care provided at these sites,” Yonkers said. “I applaud the bill’s creators and they are proud that we are going through these reforms.”
Cuomo also unveiled his own hospital reform proposal on Friday, arguing that state laws are too ineffective and that facility operators need to be held accountable through measures, including tougher sanctions.
A wave of weeds followed a months-long struggle to obtain information from Cuomo’s health department.
Democrat Senators – including Senators Gustavo Rivera (D-The Bronx), Rachel May (D-Syracuse) and James Skoufis (D-Orange), sent a list of 16 questions to state health officials in August to answer the question of those who have been hospitalized.
But the Cuomo administration responded only six months later – and the release of Letitia James’s prosecutor’s report revealed that hospitals had put the death toll at 50 percent.
A state Supreme Court judge also ruled that New York must disclose such information before Gomo authorities can finally exercise caution.
The Post reports that Cuomo’s top aide, Melissa De Rosa, admitted to lawmakers during a closed-door session earlier this month that the state did not accept the information because they feared an investigation by the current administration of President Donald Trump.
Federal investigators are investigating the state’s handling of the virus in hospitals.
State lawmakers have argued that their legislation is beyond the governor’s favor.
The bill, compiled by Rivera, would require the DOH to record all deaths of hospital occupants as “nursing home deaths.”
The Cuomo administration has been calling for a long-term non-death sentence for the hospital, concealing the number of bird flu outbreaks in the hospital.
May has two bills: one to expand the Empire State sanitation program – or the Resident Advocate – a program in hospitals, and the other to help villagers’ relatives get into places for reasons of “compassionate care.”
Visits to nursing homes have been severely restricted since March 2020 in accordance with global epidemiological regulations.
The other measure, set out by Skoufis, would require the facility to post all violations of the Health Protocol on their website for public review.
The bill must also pass the State Assembly.
National Assembly spokesman Carl Heastie (D-The Bronx) said: “Ensuring that hospitals are safe is a priority. “We will discuss these and other issues with our members.”
Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said the governor and the state legislature wanted the same thing, and the administration was open to considering other reforms.
“We all have the same goal of reforming these facilities and addressing inequalities caused by this epidemic, which is why the governor has set a 30-day amendment and said he would not sign the budget without them,” he said. “To the extent that there are other ideas we are open to reviewing them.”
Additional reporting by Aaron Feis