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Hospital Staff Dumped a Mentally Ill Patient Out In Freezing Weather Only Wearing Hospital Gown

January 13, 2018 in Blogs

By April M. Short, AlterNet

Sadly, patient dumping is not a new thing.

This week, on a night with temperatures that dropped below freezing, hospital personnel at the University of Maryland Medical Center dumped a disenfranchised 22-year-old woman out onto the curbside, clad in nothing but a hospital gown. No shoes. No underwear.

Imamu Baraka, a psychologist who was leaving work nearby, noticed the hospital staffers throwing the woman, reportedly named Rebecca, out in the cold. Aghast, he took out his phone to film the incident. The footage shows Rebecca as she stumbles over to a nearby bench, coughing and shivering and visibly disoriented. The psychologist keeps filming as he confronts the hospital staff, asking for a manager, and checks on the shivering woman.

Baraka posted the video on Facebook and it has since gone viral, with almost 3 million views just days since it was uploaded.

 He said he started recording because he couldn’t believe what he was seeing.

“I had no choice but to give this young lady a voice in this moment,” Baraka said to Associated Press. “

Gene Sperling, who was a national economy advisor to both Clinton and Obama, tweeted that those responsible for the incident should be charged with “attempted murder.”


The incident has also bolstered the arguments of advocates for a single payer health care system, who argue patient dumping is a symptom of an underfunded, unbalanced healthcare system. 

RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United, said following the incident that the only solution to this kind of treatment of patients is to “implement single-payer, Medicare for All or Americans continue to suffer/die.”

As noted in a recent LA Times article:

“The Commission on Civil Rights’ report found insufficient regulatory oversight as well as a lack of funding to adequately treat the population contributed to patient dumping.

The commission called for reforms to …read more


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