Ken August, a spokesman for the California Department of
Public Health., has revealed that some 18 hospitals in the state have been penalized for violating laws regarding quality care for patients.
Mr August revealed that a majority of the 18 hospitals are based in Southern California. This is the fourth time that the department has penalized hospitals ever since a law authorizing the agency to do so came into effect last year.
Any incident that as caused, or was likely to cause, serious injury or death to patients results in a fine of $25,000.