Department of Health approves closure of Long Island College Hospital; judge issues restraining order

The Department of Health approved plans today to shut down Long Island College Hospital, but opponents of the closure were given a glimmer of hope

SUNY Downstate has been trying to shut the hospital down since January, citing high costs.

SUNY Downstate has been trying to shut the hospital down since January, citing high costs. (7/19/13)

COBBLE HILL - The Department of Health approved plans today to shut down Long Island College Hospital, but opponents of the closure were given a glimmer of hope when a Brooklyn judge issued a temporary restraining order against the closure this afternoon.

SUNY Downstate has been trying to shut the hospital down since January, citing high costs.

City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio filed paperwork this morning for the temporary restraining order. He was joined by dozens of protesters who stormed the hospital in an attempt to serve the paperwork, but they were shut out.

News 12 asked de Blasio what the restraining order means for LICH. "Unless LICH wants to once again violate law, according to this order, LICH must continue to serve patients in this community," said de Blasio.

There are currently only 14 patients on beds in the hospital and the future of LICH is still uncertain.

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