Waiting Room Death Reveals Hospital Cover Up

BROOKLYN, N.Y.
Published: June 22, 2009

Two Kings County Hospital doctors and two nurses are facing possible criminal charges for allegedly covering up the death of a woman who was neglected in the waiting room of a psychiatric ward. The “death by neglect” incident, which was caught on surveillance, received national attention after the video clip hit the internet last year.

The video revealed major inconsistencies with reports documenting the patient’s care in the emergency room. New York City’s Department of Investigation has cited the hospital for its “systematic failure” to care for the patient. The report also found that suicidal patients were not treated for their behavior, but instead were drugged and restrained.

The family of woman accepted a $2 million settlement from the city in May.

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