Note Charity's basement was drained on September 14, 2005 by the USS Iwa Jima's damage control team. As for the asbestos in the basement of the building, the basement can be sealed off from the rest of the building in the short term allowing for people to be cared for in the building. Instead according to WWLTV the tent hospitals might be moved from the Convention Center to Grocery Stores. The Blanco administration will not even attempt to do what is right for the people of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana. Remember 70% of the doctors who chose to stay after graduation in Louisiana trained at Charity can we as state afford to loose this resource. As the state of health care in New Orleans so goes the state, too many of our professionals train there state wide.
This is state resource, when FEMA turns down a full buyout of the hospital what does Blanco's administration do it moves into the most vulnerable of the two state hospitals in New Orleans to flooding. This is a typical Louisiana temper tantrum you don t get your way so you deny services and tell the feds you need more money. After Katrina as people have lost jobs and insurance Charity is needed more than ever. The people of this state own this hospital, and deserve a second public transparent independent opinion of the damages. Our people are suffering yet the Governor can spend $600,000 to fix her office while the people of South East Louisiana can not get timely medical care, and surely do not have access to a functioning trauma center. Instead our state is begging FEMA for another mobile hospital unit to care for the expected rise in demand for hospital services during Mardi Gras. Even if a new hospital is needed it will take 3-5 years to build we need to do battle to save the lives of our people with what we got, not what wish for now. "While people die Blanco can not decide" this her leadership style.
To give you the mindset of our current administration these quote from Mr. Jerry Jones ( the man who approved the $600,000 walnut paneling and granite counter top remodel of governors office on the basis of safety hazards) says it all,
1. " Some buildings on the list might not get repaired at all. The
federal government will pay to restore government buildings to
their pre-storm condition, but won't pay for upgrades. "If you
had a sorry facility before the storm, they will restore you back
to your sorry facility," Jones said."
2. " In the case of Charity Hospital, for example, there is broad
consensus among administration officials that the building was in
such disrepair before Katrina that it would make little sense to
rebuild it as a hospital. The state could instead use the repair
money towards a new building."
3. "If I have anything to say about it, we're not going to rebuild
Charity", Jones said
Quotes from Febuary 3, 2006 Times Picayune article, "Building repair ranked by Urgency", Jan Moller author
*Note all photographs supplied by out of state rescue worker.
I guess the people who have nothing now don't deserve pre-Katrina health care.
A concerned Louisianian