New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and law firm Chadbourne & Parke filed a lawsuit against New York over its plan to close Westchester Square Medical Center in the Bronx and eight other hospitals as well as restructure 48 hospitals statewide. The suit was filed on behalf of a Bronx resident who relies on Westchester Square for healthcare and a senior center that also depends on the hospital, the attorneys said. In response, a judge issued a temporary retraining order prohibiting the hospital from taking any steps to close and scheduled a court hearing for Jan. 29. Filed in state court in the Bronx, the lawsuit alleges that the Legislature violated the state constitution by allowing unelected members of the Commission on Healthcare Facilities in the 21st Century to make law and institute sweeping changes in healthcare policy. Legislation that created the commission was an unconstitutional delegation of legislative powers, according to the lawsuit. Because the Legislature didnt reject the commissions recommendations, they became law on Jan. 1. A spokesman for the state health department said officials dont comment on pending litigation. -- by Cinda Becker
N.Y. hospital overhaul draws lawsuit
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