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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A mental patient died after workers at a North Carolina hospital left him in a chair for 22 hours without feeding him or helping him use the bathroom, said federal officials who have threatened to cut off the facility's funding.
The state sent a team Tuesday to help Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro draft new procedures to ensure patients receive proper care.
An investigator's report released Monday found that 50-year-old Steven Sabock died in April after he choked on medication and was left sitting in a chair for close to a day at the facility about 50 miles southeast of Raleigh. Surveillance video showed hospital staff watching television and playing cards just a few feet away.
Federal officials have threatened to cut off funding because of Sabock's death and a report that a physician punched a patient after the teen bit the doctor.
Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Tom Lawrence said the state team also may investigate what, if any, disciplinary action should be taken following Sabock's death.
Lawrence said the Sabock incident is isolated but that officials are concerned.
"It's not the kind of thing that we in our wildest dreams would expect to happen in our hospitals - in our wildest nightmares, I guess," Lawrence said.
Originally posted by ben420
You know what I find even more unbelievable than them leaving him to die?
It's that the feds are threatening to cut funding
What the hell is that going to accomlish besides the suffering and eventual deaths of patients? Just close the goddamn thing down, and charge or fine or sue or do whatever to the scumbags in charge of the facility, to the hospital staff that did nothing to save this man, and especially to the doctor that punched the patient.
America's health care system sounds like an absolute nightmare.