Wednesday, July 2, 2008


You may have seen this truly appalling story on CNN last night. A 49 year-old woman died on the psychiatric emergency room floor at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY earlier in June after being left unattended for almost an hour (she had been waiting for 24 hrs., apparently). CCT video footage showed people indifferently ignoring the woman sprawled out on the floor in front of them and security guards likewise paying no attention — one even stood at the doorway nonchalantly watching an overhead television as the woman lay directly beneath it. Afterwards, hospital staff falsified records to indicate that the woman had been mobile and alert during the period of time in question. People… go figure.