YONKERS, NY — March 23, 2020 — Assemblyman Nader J. Sayegh (D-Yonkers-AD90) is urging Governor Cuomo, state governmental and judicial leaders, and members of the New York Federal Delegation to establish and support an initiative allowing accredited Medical/Healthcare inmates currently in the custody of the various Departments of Corrections operating in New York State and elsewhere to serve in the Medical/Healthcare response to the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.
Assemblyman Sayegh recommended that all inmates currently in custody who have an accredited background as Physicians, Physician Assistants and Specialist Assistants be given the opportunity to serve in a supplemental capacity in response to the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak in New York State.
“New York State is actively requesting that retired Medical/Healthcare professionals, medical students, and medical faculty provide themselves in a supplemental capacity for this crisis,” said Assemblyman Sayegh “While I support these measures, It’s in my view that given the severity of the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, we have to do more in preparation for the fast-approaching apex of cases that we will soon have on our hands.”
In the letters, Assemblyman Sayegh urged the Department of Corrections Offices and Office of Professional Medical Conduct to expeditiously begin a review of all relevant cases and allow for the temporary restoration of licensing on a provisional basis to inmates who are prepared to participate in response to this outbreak.
“Even by our most conservative metrics, New York State is not prepared for the massive influx of patients that the Coronavirus COVID-19 will bring to our hospitals. At the time of writing, New York has over 20,000 cases of Coronavirus COVID-19, with cases increasing exponentially across many regions of our state. Drastic times like these require that we make the most use of all of our available resources. By reinstating licenses to medical professionals under supervision for the duration of the outbreak, we add to our capabilities and increase the likelihood that we can adequately serve the pressing medical needs of all New Yorkers.” wrote Assemblyman Sayegh.