A New York City hospital is facing a lawsuit alleging that it ignored orders from the state’s top health official to take children with cancer out of quarantine.
The New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against Children’s Hospital New York (CHN), which was accused of not taking in patients with Stage III or IV colon cancer until more than two months after the cancer was diagnosed, the NY Daily News reported.
According to the lawsuit, CHN was instructed by its state-appointed health commissioner to take all children with Stage IV or higher colon cancer out for treatment.
However, a spokesperson for the hospital told the NYDN that the order to take out children with colon cancer had been in place since December and was not given an “urgent review”.
“The New Yorker Health and Hospitals Corporation (NYCHC) is the sole health authority in the state of New York,” a spokesperson said in a statement.”CHN takes all requests for treatment to the state commissioner of health and is solely responsible for the disposition of those requests.”‘
No excuse’A spokesperson for CHN told Al Jazeera that the hospital “is currently reviewing the allegations and taking all necessary steps to ensure the safety and well-being of our patients”.
“This is an important issue that is under investigation by our state health commissioner, and the hospital has not yet made any public comment about the case,” the spokesperson added.
The suit was filed on behalf of the New York Department of Health (NYDH) and New York State Medical Society.
The complaint also claims that the New Yorkers Hospital for Children and their family members, including children, were “misled into not taking these patients out of the hospital’s quarantine”.
“For more than a month, NYCHC had repeatedly asked the commissioner to place these patients in the hospital as soon as possible after the state had confirmed their cancer diagnosis, but CHN did not do so,” the complaint said.
“The commissioner told NYCHCs staff to ‘make sure to get to them as soon they’re ready’ so as not to ‘undermine the trust’ between NYCHs staff and patients, and CHN’s staff told NYDH to ‘stop worrying’ and ‘just wait for them to come in’ to receive treatment.”
A spokesperson at CHN, who was not named, said: “We have a number of people with colon and pancreatic cancer in our system, and we treat them in the facility.”
“We are very grateful for the outpouring of concern and support we have received since the release of the lawsuit.
We have also been informed that our facility has received hundreds of calls from people all over the country who are upset about this decision, including from children and their families.”
As a result, we have been given a deadline to implement our decision and our policy regarding treatment of children and family members with cancer.
“In a statement, NYDH said it was “grateful to hear that the children in this lawsuit have found peace in their lives, and will be receiving the care they need.
We are currently reviewing this case and are working with CHN to take appropriate action in response to the claims.””CHNs staff, who are our primary caregivers, are committed to providing the best care to our patients,” the statement added.”
We will continue to work with NYCHS to address these concerns and continue to take every step to ensure that the safety of our staff and the health of our children is maintained.
“Read more about colorectal cancer:Colorectum cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in the US, affecting almost 40 million people, according to the US National Cancer Institute.
It is the second most common type of cancer, after breast cancer, affecting approximately 1.4 million people.
Colorectorial cancer is more common in men than in women.
According for the NYDH’s website, colorectorials are “smaller tumours, that develop in the colon”.”
They are the most likely type of colorecarcinoma to affect adults,” the website said.
According, the disease is most commonly diagnosed in people over 65.
It affects about 30% of US adults and has a 50% survival rate.
According the NY DH, the most commonly-diagnosed types of coloresctal cancers are colorencephalangioma (CRC) (2%), adenocarcinomas (1%), squamous cell carcinomas (0.5%), and pericardial carcinomas.