L.A. hospitals dump patients on Skid RowLos Angeles residents concerned about the sprawling human dumping ground that is Skid Row have long suspected that some hospitals routinely drop off patients there -- eject them from a van, dazed or drugged and sometimes still wearing hospital gowns, left to wander the streets and fend for themselves. This week, reports have surfaced which confirm those suspicions.
Over at blogging.la, Sean Bonner says,
On Monday LA Voice linked to this LA Times story stating that LAPD officials had photographed and videotaped ambulances from Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center allegedly dumping five people on skid row over the weekend and were calling it a major break. Since then both NPR and CNN have jumped on the story. What's worse is that of the 5 cases from this weekend, at least one of them was not even homeless and other reported they did not want to be taken to Skid Row. From CNN:Link. Photo (large size) by Matthew Logelin. (thanks B)
In one case, a man dropped off at Skid Row was in fact not homeless, said Smith, the LAPD captain. A police officer took him home and the man's family was "outraged," he said.
"Not only did they not know that he was discharged, but the fact that he had been brought to Skid Row instead of being brought home was what further outraged that family," Smith said at a news conference Tuesday.
Reader comment: Bob says,
From Christine Pelisek's article in the LAWEEKLY, The Scourge of Skid Row: "Skid Row staph, or, more technically, a strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus that is sickening dozens of police officers, firefighters, health-care workers and homeless people."
posted by Xeni Jardin