Thursday, June 18 2009 - 9/11 Consequences
$575G reprieve for 9/11 hospital
By Stephanie Gaskell
A New Jersey hospital that treats sick 9/11 first responders got a last-minute reprieve Tuesday when the feds vowed to send cash to keep it open through September.
The Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences Institute at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick had told its 1,800 patients it wasn't sure it could stay open past next month.
Federal funding had been held up over an accounting dispute, but late Tuesday the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health said it was sending $575,000 to cover summer expenses.
John Feal, founder of the Fealgood Foundation, which pushes for health care for 9/11 workers, said the money isn't enough.
Feal said, "$575,000 is like putting a Band-Aid on a machine-gun wound.
"Funding for three months is a joke when 9/11 first responders will need treatment for the rest of their lives."
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