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Hospital Dumps Patient Wearing Only a Gown at Bus Stop in Cold

13 January 2018, 07:01 | Winifred Adams

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The woman, who Baraka proceeded to help, struggled to speak and appeared to have a wound on her head, staggering around in the cold for several minutes while moaning in agony. The agency is a branch of the Maryland Health Department that licenses and certifies health facilities and programs throughout Maryland, according to the agency's website. "This unfortunate event is not representative of our patient-centered mission".

"We take full responsibility for this failure", he said during a news conference.

At the doorway, Baraka asked for a supervisor, demanding to know why hospital staffers were leaving her outside. It also is reviewing its discharge policies.

The footage as taken by Imamu Baraka, a local psychotherapist shows the moment the incapacitated individual was left to fend for herself in 30 Fahrenheit degree weather in Charm City, Tuesday night.

Authorities arrived; Baraka said that they ended up taking her back to the same hospital that dumped her. She was later transported to a homeless shelter but is now with family.

"She was. medically discharged", one of the guards said, before the camera captured them walking into the hospital, their backs turned. 'I am disgusted'Baraka's Facebook posts about the incident, published early Wednesday morning, have nearly 40,000 shares combined and thousands of comments expressing disbelief. It became the latest hospital across the country accused of a practice known as "patient dumping", in which patients who are homeless, mentally ill or both are released to the streets.

The union that represents hospital workers, including University of Maryland's midtown campus, said that hospital workers sometimes have to manage a delicate balance of providing good care while protecting their workers.

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One of the staff members responded cryptically, suggesting they had no other choice, "due to the circumstances of what happened".

"I just witnessed this with my own eyes", Baraka, who is a mental health counselor, wrote on the Facebook post.

In Washington, Howard University officials launched an investigation in May after someone filmed campus police officers dumping a female patient from the school's hospital out of a wheelchair and onto the ground near a bus stop. "If you're investigating them they should be on leave of some sort", Baraka said. When asked about this Karen Lancaster, a spokeswoman for the University of Maryland Medical System, said "patient privacy regulations restrict us from providing any details".

"So ya'll are just going to leave this lady out here with no clothes on?".

Baraka asks the woman, who looks disoriented, if she needs help. But she does scream, and her breath condenses in the cold air in front of her.

Addressing the medical center directly, Baraka said, "You can do better. I share the community's shock and anger with what occurred". "Please tell me how you are going to spin this video to justify your employees actions??"

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