Exclusive: Patients, Co-Workers Up In Arms Over Doc’s Layoff

CONEY ISLAND, N.Y. (1010 WINS) — Over 300 doctors and nurses at Coney Island Hopsital have signed a petition to bring back a 68-year-old cancer surgeon who was laid off earlier this month due to budget cuts.

Dr. Quamar Amirudin had just completed performing surgery on Aug. 7 when he returned to find a note in his office, requesting his presence at an immediate meeting. That’s when he was told he was being let go.

“Immediately the barcode on my ID card was taken away,” Dr. Amirudin told 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria. “I couldn’t get on to computers.”

He was one of 12 doctors laid off by the hospital, where he first began work as an intern in 1972. Perhaps that’s why he calls Coney Island Hospital his “second home” and refuses to work elsewhere, despite receiving offers to do so.

His former co-workers and patients are up in arms.

“What a loss to this hospital and to this community,” said one of his patients.

Dr. Amirudin still visits with his patients, though he can’t perform surgery.

Earlier this year, the city’s Health and Hospitals Corporation announced they were laying off thousands of employees.

  • MG

    Put simply: Coney Island Hospital = Roach Motel. God forbid getting admitted into this Hospital. No attention from Nurses, or staff, with very mediocre doctors.

  • Dave

    My understanding is that he was replaced by a Phyisician’s Assistant. Don’t know how true that is but that’s the rumor in CIH.

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  • Barbara

    For the sake of the community PLEASE bring Dr. Amirudin back to CIH.

  • christine

    i used to work there. that wouldnt be the first time valerie. its a horrible hospital to go to and work at.

    • Barbara

      As a former employee also, I disagree. For 22 years I enjoyed and was proud of working at CIH.

  • valerie

    What a disgrace! They laid him off because they figured he’s going to retire soon anyway, I bet.

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