With the Republican National Convention near at hand, New York City hospitals said they are ill-prepared to react in the event of a chemical, biological or nuclear attack. The convention represents the city's biggest security challenge in recent memory. After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, HHS promised hospitals money and guidance on what to do in the event of another terrorist strike. But the cash and advice have yet to appear, according to the Greater New York Hospital Association. After spending about $5 million each to build decontamination showers and train hospital staff, a number of city hospitals have been reimbursed only about $75,000 each from the federal government, an association official said. Other preparations also are needed, including increasing inpatient capacity, decontamination facilities, burn beds and isolation facilities. -- by the Associated Press
N.Y. hospitals see lack of preparedness for disaster
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