Hospitals, the Homeless and 'Patient Dumping' on Skid Row

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There was public outrage recently when a driver forced a quadriplegic man out of an ambulance into a gutter on a skid row.  Last year, a woman was left wandering in the same neighborhood with an IV still in her arm.  There are 55 recent examples of what's called "patient dumping," but only one prosecution, partly because there's no specific law against the practice.  Moreover, hospitals ask what they're supposed to do with 90,000 homeless in Los Angeles County, and just 40 beds for the chronically ill with no place to go.  Today, Democratic State Senator Gil Cedillo announced plans to remedy that.  We hear from Cedillo, the hospital association and advocates for the homeless.




Warren Olney