The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Los Angeles:
Closing a Hospital While Plundering Its Funds

May 23, 2005

In response to scandals about the poor quality of care and corruption at the King/Drew hospital, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors which runs the hospital, hired Navigant Consulting to supervise the management of the hospital, paying it 15 million dollars for the job.

Here’s a sampling of what Navigant charged every MONTH: $67,500 for each of three top managers, $45,000 for each of several "department advisors," $36,000 for each of five "nurse advisors." These figures do NOT include "expenses," which may be hefty since some of these advisors have apparently been commuting to Los Angeles–from as far as North Carolina!

The county supervisors, who have already closed down the hospital’s trauma center, are now saying that the hospital may be beyond "being saved." In other words, the 15 million dollars didn’t improve the hospital. It did, however, improve the bank account of another corporate shark.

King/Drew’s problems apparently were just an excuse to hand out millions of taxpayer dollars to the corporate world!