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LA hospital pays out for ‘dumping’ homeless patient

May 5th 2016

A Los Angeles hospital has paid $450,000 to settle a lawsuit after improperly discharging a homeless patient.

The ironically named Good Samaritan Hospital is the fourth LA hospital in less than three years to pay up rather than face going to court – taking the total amount up to $1.9m since January 2014.

City attorney Mike Feuer told Associated Press: “There is no place in our society for patient dumping. We all know how vulnerable any of us would be when we’re released from a medical facility. Imagine how much more vulnerable one would feel if one were released and had no place to go.”

The case involves a former patient who was found on the streets in December 2014 with a visibly infected leg, after having been discharged with only a bus token. The hospital denies the allegations.

Similar allegations have been made in the UK. Last year the Pavement reported on a special ‘people’s enquiry’, led by experts with experience of homelessness, which found a number of shocking cases, including a suicidal young man with severe mental health problems who was discharged on a cold night without a coat, money or food.


May/Jun 2016



Gail Porter talks to us...

Street Fridge Open 24/7

Amazon now does homes

LA hospital pays out for ‘dumping’ homeless patient

Homeless stats ignore domestic violence

The $58,000 Sleeping Bus

FareShare London to open at weekend

Be part of the Museum of Homelessness

The UK’s first pop-up village

Worrying number of homeless children in Scotland

March against controversial housing bill

Destitution: record high

Glasgow City Council failing in its duty to homeless people

Journey of a Citizen

PSPOs: a UK-wide problem

Crack + Cider

Spotting psychosis

Mental Health: Focus


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