NY Licenses Lacking at UN Medical Services

With a full medical team of eight doctors and 11 registered nurses and a budget of $38 million the occupational health clinic at the United Nations should have all the resources it needs to meet any kind of emergency.

Yet the U.N. Medical Services Division (MSD) offers this important piece of advice for any U.N. employee in New York City who suffers a life-threatening condition at work:

Don’t call us. Call 9-1-1.

On Aug. 24, the United Nations Office issued a statement to its entire New York staff about “steps to follow in a medical emergency”:

S”tep 1. Call … 911 from UN office phone.

“Step 2. If it is a serious injury, render first aid assistance if you are trained to do so.

“Step 3. Call the UN Fire and Safety Unit.

“Step 4. When trained staff arrives, describe the first aid already administered and once again advise if you have called 911.”

There’s no Step 5. Nowhere does the United Nations advise its staff to call its own Medical Services Division in an emergency.

That could be because the MSD’s director, Dr. Brian Davey, is not licensed to practice medicine in New York state. And while the group’s head nurse, Neomy Mantin, is licensed as a registered nurse, many of the other nurses hired to work in the unit do not maintain credentials to treat patients in New York.

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