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Chicago Agency Fails to Investigate Medical Malpractice

March 28th, 2012 at 4:08 am

According to an article published in November in the Chicago Tribune, Illinois officials failed to investigate 85 percent of the 560 hospital complaints filed in 2010. According to charges alleged by the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) let the ball drop on its obligations, including a handful of serious complaints against patient abuse and wrongful death. Created in 1877, the IDPH is responsible for protecting the state’s 12.4 million residents and maintains nearly 200 programs that influence public health in the state. One of these programs is meant to uphold a federal law that states claims against hospital abuse must be investigated within 48 hours of filing.

According to the Tribune, Illinois regulators said that their failure to investigate was a problem of funding. Though the agency spent nearly $500,000 on hospital oversight last year, half of which was in the form of federal funds, serious complaints (such as one patient who required preventative treatment for HIV after having been pricked by a dirty needle at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital) went uninvestigated. The health department has proposed a solution that would require hospitals, like nursing homes, to pay an annual fee to help fund the cost of such investigations, though the Illinois Hospital Association has blocked the measure.

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