Doctors dismissed after Kentucky inmate starves to death

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  1. Tulessa

    Tulessa Well-Known Member

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    This may be wrong of me, but I was so hoping this was my brother and SIL's murderer!

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - One doctor has been fired and another is being dismissed from the Kentucky State Penitentiary after an inmate went on a hunger strike and committed suicide by starving himself to death.

    According to documents obtained by The Associated Press, the Department of Corrections terminated physician Steve Hiland and will soon cut loose psychologist Jean Hinkebein.

    The firings stem from the Jan. 13 death of 57-year-old James Kenneth Embry, who was serving a nine-year sentence for drug offenses.

    http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/...ntucky-inmate-starves-to-death-256048821.html
     
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  3. SophieRose

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    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/ap-exclusive-kentucky-inmate-starves-death-23408005

    According to the report of the internal investigation, Embry stopped taking medications for anxiety in May 2013. Seven months later, he told the lead prison psychologist, Jean Hinkebein, on Dec. 3 that he felt anxious and paranoid and wanted to restart those medications. But the psychologist concluded Embry didn't have any significant mental health issues even though Embry repeatedly talked about wanting to hurt himself. Hinkebein and an associate considered his comments vague, and his request for medication was denied.
     
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    Hmm. Failure to treat, sounds like to me. Most Dr.'s don't take that seriously but they should. Not making any judgments as I don't know the whole story.
     
  5. LadyL

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    so they refused him anxiety medication and he refused to eat?
     

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