Four former patients with physical disabilities alleged that Washington Hospital Center in the District of Columbia violated their civil rights and compromised their health and safety by denying them access to equipment and services. According to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, nurses did not help one of the former patients, paralyzed from the neck down, eat or drink frequently enough during a May 2002 hospital stay. In a news release, the hospital declined to comment on the specifics of the lawsuit but said it would immediately begin an investigation into its practices and policies. The needs of "all patients" are the hospital's top priority, hospital officials said. -- by Tony Fong
Disabled patients sue D.C. hospital over services
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