A respected doctor was laid off earlier this month after nearly 40 years at Coney Island Hospital, sparking outrage from former co-workers.
More than 300 doctors and nurses have signed a petition demanding the rehiring of 68-year-old cancer surgeon Dr. Quamer Amirudin, 1010 WINS reports.
The August 7 firing came as a surprise, as Amirudin was let go just as he completed performing surgery.
“Immediately the barcode on my ID card was taken away,” Dr. Amirudin told 1010 WINS. “I couldn’t get on to computers.”
He was one of 12 doctors laid off at Coney Island Hospital, and one in thousands that the city’s Health and Hospitals Corporation announced they’re laying off this year. Officials say budget cuts are to blame.
According to 1010 Wins, Amirudin drops in often to visit patients, but has refused work offers elsewhere.