A California hospital apologized after women said they were recorded by hidden cameras that were located in the gynecology operating rooms without their consent. The apology from Sharp Grossmont Hospital in Southern California comes a week after 81 women filed a complaint in California Supreme Court saying the hidden cameras captured videos from private procedures including births, and hysterectomies.
“We sincerely apologize that our efforts may have caused any distress to the women who were recorded, their families, and others we serve,” Chris Howard, president and CEO of Sharp HealthCare wrote in a letter.
Howard said the surveillance was no longer being used, and that there have been “changes in protocols to ensure this situation is not repeated.” According to the hospital, the motion-sensored cameras were put in place as part of an investigation into missing drugs from the anesthesia carts in operating rooms. The cameras were meant to only record the carts, but patients were inadvertently captured, the letter said.