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EDITORIAL DRASTIC ACTIONS.

THE impending closure of the trauma unit at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center is the most recent turn in a long and ugly story of mismanagement, neglect and patient death that has plagued the hospital near Watts for decades.

At the same time, it's a hopeful sign that - finally - county supervisors are taking action to fix the troubled medical center. Of course, their actions have been forced by threats of losing federal funds and accreditation.

The closing of the trauma unit, which will mean five or six severely injured patients every day will be sent to the other 12 trauma units in the county, puts a strain on an already overburdened county health care system.

We can only hope that this overdue action by the county isn't too late to save the hospital itself.
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Article Type:Editorial
Date:Sep 27, 2004
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