About 160 resident physicians at New York City Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst who are employed by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai are on strike for five days as of this morning, the city’s first doctor strike since 1990.
The residents, who are represented by the Committee of Interns and Residents union, first voted to authorize a strike at the beginning of May, citing unfair labor practices and saying that Mount Sinai has been bargaining in bad faith. They say that Sinai’s Elmhurst residents make thousands of dollars less than their counterparts at Mount Sinai Hospital on the Upper East Side.
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“We were the workers who scraped together pieces to take care of our patients during the pandemic,” Dr. Irfa Khan, a psychiatry resident, said in a CIR press release this morning. “And in the midst of that everyone called us healthcare heroes, but now that it’s time to take care of us as healthcare heroes, Mount Sinai won’t step up.”