Dr. Anurag Gupta Named Defendant in Patient Dumping Case
In an ongoing saga of patient dumping by the Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital, ACLU of Nevada filed a lawsuit against the hospital, prominent hospital staff members including Dr. Anurag Gupta, and other state government agencies
The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada in cooperation with Sacramento civil rights attorney, Mark Merin, filed a class action lawsuit challenging the practice of dumping psychiatric patients in out of state locations. Over the last four years, Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Law Vegas, bussed 1500 patients to out of state to cities where the patient had no family, no friends or contacts, leaving the patient without arrangements for housing, hospitalization or follow-up care. Agencies investigating the violation of required discharge practices have deplored the patient dumping.
It is accused the defendants named in the lawsuit (including Dr. Gupta) drugged Mr. Brown, a psychiatric patient, with a tranquilizer and sent him out of state without his consent on a Greyhound Bus to a facility that was not prepared to take him. Mr. Brown was treated at the facility for three days and was discharged with a one way bus ticket to Sacramento, CA where he knew no one.
The court records claim the defendants denied or violated patients’ constitutional rights. An investigation shows, defendants sent 1500 patients in the same way for years.
Prior investigation by the authorities found that on many occasions patients were not given adequate follow-up treatment plans and were bused to their homes in other states did not meet the certain standards in the discharge of adult patients on multiple antipsychotic medications.