LA hospital dumps homeless
May 21st 2009
A hospital in Los Angeles, USA, is under investigation for dropping homeless patients off on the city's skid row against their will. The patients have claimed they told the staff they did not want to be taken downtown.
The Los Angeles Police Department, who photographed and videotaped the five 'dumping' cases, said it was a major breakthrough in year-long efforts to reduce the number of people who had been left in dangerous areas by hospitals, police departments, and other public institutions.
Officials at Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center denied that they had improperly handled the patients.
Police said they were investigating whether the patients were falsely imprisoned during their transfer and also whether the hospital has violated any laws regarding the treatment of patients.