Tuesday, July 1, 2008

What a world


This story is awful and another example why our country needs to get a MUCH better healthcare plan in order quick....

A 49-year-old woman collapsed and died on the floor of a waiting room at a Brooklyn psychiatric hospital and lay there for more than an hour as employees ignored her, according to the New York Civil Liberties Union, which on Tuesday released surveillance camera video of the incident.

Upon her admission, Green waited nearly 24 hours for treatment, said the civil liberties union, which was among the groups filing suit against the facility last year seeking improved conditions for patients.

The surveillance camera video shows the woman rolling off a waiting room chair, landing face-down on the floor and convulsing. Her collapse came at 5:32 a.m. June 19, the NYCLU said, and she stopped moving at 6:07 a.m. During that time, the organization said, workers at the hospital ignored her.

At 6:35 a.m., the tape shows a hospital employee approaching and nudging Green with her foot, the group said. Help was summoned three minutes later.

Can you believe it? When they finally found her on the floor, the attended nudged her with her foot first, then called for help.

I hope Michael Moore sees this and includes it in one of his new movies.



entmd said...

Do you not notice that this is a governmentally run hospital? How could you believe any socialized medicine or governmentally managed system would be the best for this country?

Vampire Hours said...

Oh, I noticed that it was a governmentally run hospital. Regardless of who was running it, the fact that someone was left alone to die in their waiting room indicates that something is very wrong with the current system and something has to change. Plus, I have many friends who have no insurance because they lost their job and, for that reason alone, I know that we need a different plan for medical care in this country.

Everyone should have access to medical care without having to worry about whether they will be turned away or go broke if/when they need to visit a doctor.