By GILES WOODHAMSource The Jerusalem MailPublished 12:20pm, August 20, 2019A woman in the New York area has been granted an exemption from the mandatory evacuation of her home in order to undergo surgery.
A hospital official said a resident of Queens has been offered an exemption to the mandatory evacuations ordered by the New Jersey governor, despite being a woman, as a condition for receiving treatment at the hospital.
“The Queens resident has been requested to be granted an additional exemption to her evacuation requirements,” said an official at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital.
“As the evacuation of the Queens resident is a condition of the request, it is not an exemption, but rather a condition.”
The official did not elaborate on the circumstances under which the exemption could be granted.
A resident of Brooklyn who is seeking an exemption said she was “delighted” to receive a second medical exemption to allow her to see a doctor.
“I am thrilled and honored to be a part of the new initiative by Governor Cuomo, and it will allow me to see more doctors,” said Dr. Jill M. Johnson, a resident in New York.
“As a resident and as a woman of color, I will always need the support of other doctors, and that is why I am asking the Governor to give me the second medical and emergency medical exemption so that I can be seen and treated by a doctor who understands me,” she said.
The New York State Nurses Association said in a statement that it was “disappointed” that the request had been granted.
“It is unfortunate that the Governor is now considering a request for a second exemption for the Queens Resident, as she has had two prior emergency medical exemptions and a pre-existing medical condition that will be an issue for her when she is admitted to the hospital,” said the association.
The statement continued: “As a nursing home resident, the Queens Residence needs to be given the additional exemption so she can be treated for her existing condition.”
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, there are currently 4,000 women in the United States living with cancer, which accounts for roughly one in four women diagnosed.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to announce a new initiative on Friday that will allow patients to see and treat doctors and other health professionals at community hospitals.
The Queens Resident is the first woman in New Jersey to receive an exemption and will receive treatment at St. Luke’s Hospital in the borough of Queens, which is currently the only facility that allows women to have emergency surgery.