PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Protesters are fighting again to save Hahnemann University Hospital and on Monday they will receive high-profile help from Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. An intense local battle over the Hahnemann University Hospital is expected to break out on the national political scene on Monday, when Sanders will be in Philadelphia, adding his voice to a growing chorus of people condemning the closure of the hospital by his parent company.
Sanders has said that medical care must be a guaranteed right for all Americans.
The Vermont senator spoke exclusively on Eyewitness News on Sunday about the impending situation.
"It's crazy, if you look at this objectively and say that in the middle of a health care crisis, a hospital is becoming a real estate opportunity to make a rich man have even more money, ignoring health care needs. of thousands of people. " Sanders said, "that's pretty crazy.
"And that is why, among other things, we need a health care system in this country designed to provide medical care to all people, not to obtain great benefits for insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies or real estate developers."
"I'm with unions, doctors and nurses in the hospital to try to do everything possible to protect that hospital and those who use it."
"I can not stop fighting": hundreds of protesters close part of Broad Street in an effort to save the hospital at Hahnemann University
It is anticipated that more than 2,000 jobs will be lost.
The hospital navigates through Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the federal court of Delaware.
The documents show that creditors want the emergency room closed due to a continuous loss of money.
That is expected to happen on Wednesday. The maternity ward was closed on Friday.
The Philadelphia judge gives a court order to stop the closure of Hahnemann's university hospital by announcing the closure of the maternity ward
Meanwhile, the city continues to derail the closure of the hospital through court filings.
"Well, I spoke with [Mayor Jim Kenney] The other day, we talked to the town councilors and talked to the unions, "Sanders said," and I know there is a deep concern and I know that the local people are doing everything possible. But I think what people have to do, not just in Philadelphia (hospitals are closing all over the country), is to stand up and say that health care needs should be the first priorities, not the big gains for the people. real estate developers. "
A spokesman for Hahnemann University Hospital said the hospital has no comments at this time.
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