Out Of A Job

North Carolina officials say they fired three employees and disciplined others in the death of a patient who was neglected more than 22 hours at a state-operated mental hospital.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Thursday that the employees at Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro were fired in the death of 50-year-old Steven H. Sabock. The patient had a bipolar disorder and died April 29 after choking on medication and hitting his head.

Surveillance video shows employees ignoring Sabock as he slumped in a chair.

State officials said 10 other employees were disciplined. One received a five-day suspension, four others were suspended for three days and five received written warnings.


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  • by Fredo Location: NC on Nov 20, 2008 at 06:59 PM
    These people are not humans they are just plain scum. Anonymous is right, they should be charged with something. I suppose if the tables were turned and the patient was african american and the workers were white there would be more outrage and charges?? I love the double standard.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 20, 2008 at 12:17 PM
    They should also be charged with assault and abuse of the person involved and never allowed to work in any health care position again.
  • by shon Location: greenville on Nov 20, 2008 at 10:20 AM
    Workplace ethics have gone out the window and there are so many foolish, ignorant, indifferent, unskilled and lazy employees now that its pathetic...especially in healthcare.
  • by Jville Girl Location: NC on Nov 20, 2008 at 08:23 AM
    I'm with you km all the way. What is wrong with people? Howwould they like it if that was 1 of there family members
  • by jw Location: edenton on Nov 20, 2008 at 07:20 AM
    i agree with km 100% percent
  • by km Location: nc on Nov 20, 2008 at 07:01 AM
    All of those involved should have been fired instead of suspensions or written warnings. They were there to care for others and if they couldn't or wouldn't do their jobs, they shouldn't have one.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 20, 2008 at 06:07 AM
    Good! They ought to be ashamed!
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