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13 California hospitals fined for medical errors

Los Angeles Times, January 28, 2010

State officials have fined 13 California hospitals for medical errors that in some cases killed or seriously injured patients, according to a report. California Department of Public Health officials have required hospital officials, who may appeal the fines, to submit plans to correct the problem. The state has issued 134 fines since they were first required by law in January 2007, said Kathleen Billingsley, deputy director of the department's Center for Health Care Quality.