Hospital pays US$450,000 for ‘dumping’ homeless patient
A Los Angeles hospital will pay US$450,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that it “dumped” a mentally ill homeless lady in the street, wearing only simple paper pajamas. The city sued the Gardens Regional Hospital and Medical Center in April 2015, stating that its employees had driven the 38-year-old woman suffering from schizophrenia and other mental disorders to a welcome centre for the homeless in the city’s Skid Row district. The woman, who was also diabetic and asthmatic, had no money, medical prescription or identity papers, and could not be admitted. She thereafter wandered the streets for hours.