Physicians at a Washington, D.C., ambulatory-care center run by the troubled Greater Southeast Community Hospital walked off the job Tuesday, saying that they are owed about three months worth of back pay.
Greater Southeast Chief Executive Cyril Allen told the Washington Post that fewer than six doctors, employed as independent contractors, have declined to work. But the physicians who walked out contend that the number is closer to a dozen. Allen said that part of the paycheck problem is due to billing issues, but declined to give a timeline for when the doctors would get paid, according to the Post.
The walk-off is the latest in a long line of problems for the Washington health system, now owned by Envision Hospital Corp., which is the primary provider of indigent care in one of Washingtons poorest neighborhoods. Earlier this month, about two dozen contract nurses walked off the job because the hospital had failed to pay their agency employer. Greater Southeast usually has about 100 patients on a daily basis, which is less than a quarter of its capacity, the Post reported.
District of Columbia Councilmember David Catania, chairman of the districts health committee, has asked city health officials to conduct a special survey of the hospital specifically to determine its staffing, supplies and equipment inventory. -- by Matthew DoBias