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File #: Int 0181-2006    Version: * Name: Provision of equipment at public hospitals for persons who weigh four hundred pounds or more.
Type: Introduction Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Health
On agenda: 3/1/2006
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the provision of equipment at public hospitals for persons who weigh four hundred pounds or more.
Sponsors: James Sanders, Jr., Maria Baez, Inez E. Dickens, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Annabel Palma, Albert Vann, David I. Weprin, Helen D. Foster, G. Oliver Koppell
Council Member Sponsors: 9
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/31/2009*James Sanders, Jr. City Council Filed (End of Session)  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/1/2006*James Sanders, Jr. City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/1/2006*James Sanders, Jr. City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 181

 

By Council Members Sanders, Jr., Baez, Dickens, Mark-Viverito, Palma, Vann, Weprin, Foster and Koppell

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the provision of equipment at public hospitals for persons who weigh four hundred pounds or more.

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

                     Section 1.  According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight, and one-third are obese.  In addition, according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, more than half (53%) of New York City adults - 2.8 million people - are overweight or obese.  Eighteen percent of the City’s adult populations, 980,000 people, are obese.  Overweight and obesity are known risk factors for numerous illnesses, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, breathing problems and some forms of cancer.  As a result, overweight people have greater health care needs than the general population. 

                     New York City hospitals, however, may not be sufficiently prepared to assist obese New Yorkers.  Accordingly, the Council declares that it reasonable and necessary to require public hospitals under the jurisdiction of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation to have equipment available to provide medical care to obese persons.

§2. Chapter one of title 17 is amended by adding a new section 17-191 to read as follows:

                     §17-191 Medical equipment for people who weigh four hundred pounds or more.   The New York city health and hospitals corporation shall ensure that at least one hospital under its jurisdiction in each borough is equipped with a stretcher, wheelchair and bed capable of being utilized by a person weighing at least four hundred pounds.

§3. This local law shall take effect on September 1, 2006.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Int. 641/2005