New York City’s largest medical center has announced plans to shutter its pharmacy and medical center pharmacies, citing the city’s tight budget and dwindling pharmacy revenue.
New York’s medical center pharmacy and health care delivery chain is in a tough corner, as the city struggles to attract doctors and other health care professionals.
The city’s hospitals are having trouble attracting and retaining doctors and nurses.
“We’re facing a very tough, uncertain, uncertain environment,” said Dr. George Gershman, vice president of business operations at New York Medical Center.
“The only way we can really make our pharmacy and pharmacy services affordable is to do a major restructuring.”
The plan to shutter the medical center’s pharmacies was announced Wednesday, according to the company’s statement.
“At the heart of our business is our pharmacy services, which have been critical to our community for more than 30 years,” the statement said.
The medical center, which serves nearly 200,000 residents in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, also has the medical department’s pharmacy, and is the largest health care provider in the city.
The company announced last week that it was looking for “a qualified and experienced pharmacist to help manage the operations of the medical centers’ health care departments.”
In addition to pharmacy, New York is also struggling with the opioid crisis.
The New York Times reported this week that the city had lost more than 10,000 jobs in the last two years.
Last month, the city announced it was launching an emergency plan for people living with opioid addiction.
GersHman said the company has plans to hire additional pharmacists in the future.
The decision to shutter pharmacies comes just months after the New York Public Library announced it would be closing its branch pharmacy in a bid to reduce its reliance on cash donations.
The move came just weeks after the library’s library board voted to close all its branch pharmacies, except for the health department pharmacy, citing dwindling supplies and high drug costs.
“New York’s health care system has become a casualty of its inability to provide the needed medications to its residents,” the library board said in a statement.
The library board, which is controlled by Mayor Bill de Blasio, has also proposed closing the medical centre’s pharmacy.
The announcement comes after health department officials last month said the medical centres drug shortage could be an opportunity for the city to bring in more doctors and pharmacists.