Bill de Blasio’s trip to court today was successful. Justice Johnny Lee Baynes, who issued the original temporary restraining order barring SUNY Downstate from going ahead with its plan to close Long Island College Hospital, today issued another TRO in response to de Blasio’s petition. The order commands SUNY to appear in court on July 25 (next Thursday) and show cause why an order should not then be issued preliminarily restraining SUNY from taking any action to impede the provision of medical care at LICH. In the meantime, the order provides that SUNY:
…is hereby, effective immediately, restrained from taking an action or issuing any order that would interrupt, hamper, or curtail medical professionals duly employed by or working within LICH from providing medical care, including emergency-medical services, to actual or prospective patients at LICH, other than those based on existing medical standards of care, to (a) divert ambulances, (b) divert patients, (c) prevent or inhibit doctors or other medical professionals from using their best judgment in redering patient care, (d) deprive doctors or other medical professionals of resources in rendering medical care, (e) restrain services or hours of operation, and/or (f) take any action concerning the provision of medical and emergency care of community members other than those required by existing standards of medical care at LICH.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED THAT respondents [SUNY] will post this Order on their web sites and post it in prominent public locations at LICH within 24 hours of service of this Order.
Given SUNY’s history of defying court orders, it remains to be seen how they will respond to this one, if at all.