Doctors, nurses defend Olive View-UCLA Medical Center against allegations of substandard care

Los Angeles Times, May 20, 2010

More than a dozen doctors and nurses gathered outside Olive View-UCLA Medical Center Wednesday to reject recent allegations of substandard care at the hospital. The allegations, reported earlier this month to the hospital's accrediting agency, included charges that staff gave colleagues manicures and other cosmetic services in the neonatal intensive-care unit. Carol Meyer, chief of operations for the county's Department of Health Services, said officials interviewed and took sworn affidavits from more than 80 staff members and placed two on paid leave in connection with the manicures, but she stressed that no patients were harmed and that no staffing changes have been made in response to the allegations, the Los Angeles Times reports.


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