by CHERYL CLARK | inewsource

When Sharp Grossmont Hospital officials realized anesthesia drugs were disappearing from surgery carts, they turned to video surveillance to catch those responsible.  In the process, they also captured many images of women undergoing surgery.

The video surveillance has raised questions about patient privacy and how well the hospital managed its storage of dangerous drugs.

An attorney representing a doctor who has been accused of taking the drugs and putting them in his shirt pocket, says the hospital’s surveillance, which went on for nearly a year starting July 17, 2012, violated the privacy rights of hundreds of patients.

The hospital investigation involved small video cameras mounted inside computer equipment on the carts used in three operating rooms at the Women’s Health Center. The center is part of the hospital’s La Mesa campus.

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