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April 23, 2007 | Lee Romney and Scott Gold, Times Staff Writers
Lawyers for mentally ill prisoners will ask a federal judge today to force the state to take drastic action to stem a staff exodus from California's mental hospitals that has jeopardized patient safety and left psychotic inmates to languish in jails and prisons without proper treatment. U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton in February ordered the state Department of Mental Health to formulate a plan to reverse a staff exodus from the state's beleaguered hospitals in recent months.
April 3, 2007 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
Friends call him Thurston Howell III, for his passing resemblance to the millionaire played by Jim Backus in the 1960s sitcom "Gilligan's Island." But Mike Huffman, 60, is no millionaire. The former computer program analyst and TV technician sleeps on a concrete slab at the beach in Santa Monica. He sometimes goes days without eating. And he forgoes medication for high blood pressure because he has no money.
March 19, 2007 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
Gus Barraza wasn't happy about getting a sprained thumb on the job, but he was impressed by the care he got at the clinic where his company sent him. He was clearing a sewer line in Duarte last month when the snake augur he was using hit a root and wrapped around his left thumb. "It was basically a sprained thumb, not broken or fractured, but they took care of me really well," he said.
January 27, 2007 | Charles Piller, Times Staff Writer
A multinational health group announced here Friday that it would commit $500 million over three years to strengthen healthcare systems and train additional health workers in developing nations, addressing a key problem for implementing its vaccination programs.
January 26, 2007 | Lee Romney, Times Staff Writer
Court orders mandating drastic pay increases for health personnel in California prisons have led to an exodus of workers from state mental hospitals and left the facilities struggling to provide adequate patient care. Staff shortages at Atascadero State Hospital, where psychiatrist vacancies stand at 70%, have caused the facility to all but freeze new admissions.
December 24, 2006 | Scott Glover and Matt Lait, Times Staff Writers
The Los Angeles County Jail system lacks enough doctors, nurses and other medical workers to meet the most basic needs of inmates, resulting in long delays in treatment for conditions ranging from hernias to heart disease. Breakdowns in medical care, including treatment errors by physicians and nurses, have contributed to the deaths of at least 14 inmates since 1999, a Times investigation found.
December 20, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A court convicted five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor Tuesday of deliberately infecting more than 400 children with HIV and sentenced them to death, despite scientific evidence that the youngsters had the virus before the medical workers came to Libya. The United States and Europe reacted with outrage to the verdict, which prolongs a case that has hurt Libya's ties with the West. This is the second conviction for the six codefendants, who already have served seven years in jail.
October 2, 2006 | Evelyn Larrubia, Times Staff Writer
Public hospitals and clinics across Los Angeles County could be forced to absorb hundreds of displaced doctors, nurses and other health workers as the county radically revamps Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center. Any plan for the troubled public hospital probably would require reassigning a good portion of its more than 2,200 employees so that King/Drew can get a fresh start with a new staff, three of Los Angeles County's five supervisors said last week.
May 12, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A new trial for five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor accused of infecting more than 400 Libyan children with HIV began Thursday with a judge refusing bail. The nurses and doctor have been in jail since 1999 on charges that they spread the virus that causes AIDS to children at a hospital in Benghazi during a botched experiment to find a cure for the disease.
April 20, 2006 | Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber, Times Staff Writers
Nearly 500 nurses and other staff members at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center had to be retrained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation after Los Angeles County auditors found that one of the hospital's primary instructors falsified paperwork, gave away answers on at least one test and improperly sold certification cards.
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