August 26, 2008

Hospital abuse by staff and a doctor at a mental hospital could cause the hospital to stop receiving funds after a 50-year-old man was left unattended for 22 hours at a mental hospital.

According to the federal investigation, the man choked on his medication and was left unattended for nearly a day with staff members nearby playing cards, in the medical malpractice case.

In another medical malpractice case in the same facility, a doctor punched a teen after the teen bit him.

The hospital and the medical malpractice cases are under investigation by federal authorities to determine what disciplinary action should be taken and to determine a better plan to ensure proper care of patients.

Texas medical malpractice could cause Texas health facilities to lose funding.