State health department makes case for closing MLK-Harbor

Officials detail why they seek license revocation. The hospital has failed to ensure nurses’ competency and protect patients, they say.

Los Angeles Times

July 2, 2007 – Post

California health regulators outlined their case Friday against Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital, saying repeated lapses in care have harmed patients and warrant the revocation of its license.

The allegations by the California Department of Health Services, detailed in a 32-page document, cite findings from nine inspections between October 2004 and June 2007. In particular, the report said, the hospital has failed to ensure the competency of its nurses and the protection of its patients.

The state’s attempt to revoke King-Harbor’s license, which was announced last week, is the most serious threat yet to the troubled hospital. If upheld, it would force the hospital to close.

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