According to the Associated Press
, “Nearly two dozen patients, many of them elderly dementia sufferers, were abused by employees at a public hospital in San Francisco, health department officials said [on June 28, 2019]. Patients at Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center were victims of neglect and verbal and physical abuse between 2016 and this January , the city Department of Public Health said. Six employees sent texts sharing videos and photos of themselves abusing the 23 patients, which included having ‘sexualized conversations’ with them, according to a department statement. A department investigation also found a pattern of patients being given ‘non-prescribed substances in an attempt to sedate them.’
DPH stated in part:“The misconduct discovered includes: verbal and physical abuse of residents; sexualized conversations with residents; neglect; privacy violations; failure to report violations; medication errors; and a pattern of inappropriate administration of non-prescribed substances to some residents in an attempt to sedate them.”
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