Feds investigating secret recording at California hospital
LA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Two federal agencies are investigating a Southern California hospital where woman allege they were secretly recorded during medical procedures including having surgery and giving birth.
The San Diego Union-Tribune says Thursday that Sharp Grossmont Hospital is under investigation by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of Civil Rights. The paper says a spokesman for Sharp Healthcare confirmed the federal interest.
More than 80 women have sued over a video surveillance program at the La Mesa hospital. In 2012 and 2013, motion-activated cameras were set up on drug carts in operating rooms in order to catch suspected drug thieves.
But nearly a dozen lawsuits allege they also captured women undergoing gynecological procedures.
Sharp has apologized and says it has changed its security procedures.