Baltimore hospital accused of 'patient dumping' after woman left in cold

Elias Hubbard
January 11, 2018

- Video posted earlier this week to social media shows the apparent discharge of a woman from a hospital at night wearing only a gown and socks.

Now University of Maryland Medical Center is being accused of "patient dumping", CBS News reports, which is often involves homeless patients or other people who are uninsured or have financial issues.

"This is disgusting that they would just leave her unattended on a bus stop, half naked", Baraka is hearing saying in the video.

A Baltimore hospital launched an investigation Wednesday after a shocking video showed a woman being left by the hospital staff on the road during soaring temperatures.

The post on Facebook was recorded by Imamu Baraka, who happened to be there while the woman was left at a bus stop with her personal belongings in plastic bags.

"So ya'll are going to just leave this lady out here?"

One of the workers responds, telling Baraka the dropoff was "due to the circumstances of what it was", without elaborating.

"Are you unable to speak?"

In a follow-up video, Baraka explains that he called an ambulance to come pick up the young woman and take her back to the hospital.

"It's about 30 degrees out here right now", Baraka says in the video "Are you OK, ma'am?"

Hospital spokeswoman Kelly Swan, in a statement obtained by HuffPost on Thursday, confirmed that the woman was a patient there and said the hospital is investigating the incident, which "is not representative of our patient-centered mission". University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus (UMMC) as a Doctor of Healthcare Administration (DHA) student - may I remind you of the importance of the VISION of your MEDICAL CENTER: "UMMC will be known for providing high value and compassionate care, improving health in Maryland and beyond, educating future health care leaders and discovering innovative ways to advance medicine worldwide".

In another video, Baraka said he called 911 and watched paramedics take the woman back inside the hospital.

The hospitals says it is "conducting a thorough review" and that personnel action is possible.

The incident happened on January 9 at the Emergency Department of University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus and video of it spread across Facebook.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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