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The filming of women gynecological operations attracts hospital apology; lawsuits pending

Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, California, in a statement Monday to apologize to more than 80 women suing the medical facility, saying that she accidentally recorded by motion-activated cameras installed in three separate operating rooms in an attempt to catch someone who was stealing drugs.
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A california hospital issued, an ode to the number of women this week who have filed lawsuits claiming that they were unknowingly filmed during gynecological operations.

Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, California, in a statement Monday to apologize to more than 80 women who are suing the medical facility, saying that she accidentally recorded by motion-activated cameras installed in three separate operating rooms in an attempt to catch someone who was stealing drugs.

Hospital officials discovered in 2011 that someone had to be that “powerful drugs” and equipment of anesthesia carts in different operating rooms.

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After the hospital was not able to find the thief with the help of the “other methods,” officials decided to install a computer monitor with a motion-activated camera in the direct view of the anesthesia carts.

“Although the cameras were intended to record only the individuals in the front of the anesthesia carts, others, including patients and medical staff in the operating theatres, and were sometimes visible for the cameras and recorded without sound,” the statement read.

Plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit filed three years ago that a woman who said that she was recorded during the birth by emergency caesarean section.

“The aim of this study was to determine how the anesthesia drugs were missing in order to ensure the safety of the patient and the quality of care,” the hospital statement said.

The thief was eventually caught with the help of the hidden cameras, and officials said that the individual is no longer affiliated with the hospital.

The hospital has said that he is not able to comment further on the litigation, it did say that the videos in question were held in a “secure vault” and were then provided to a third party as a part of the dispute.

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“We sincerely regret that our efforts may have caused any distress to the women who were included, their family, and others we serve.”

The officials said the camera system is no longer in place.

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