If you close a trauma center, people will die, there’s really no question about that. And to close a trauma center in a part of L.A. that desperately needs it, no matter how troubled the hospitial. seems criminal to me. Today, the Country Board of Supervisors voted to close it saying it was badly mismanaged and we can’t afford it anyway.
Hospitals all over L.A. have been closing, with more closures are coming. This is one of the more visible closings.
The war in Iraq costs 231 million a day – way more than what’s needed to keep the King/Drew trauma center open for a couple of years and to make the entire hospital solvent as well.