abandoned patient

abandoned patient

a hospital patient whose owner cannot be located or is unwilling to take the patient away.
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One topic on the agenda: "Discussion on orthodontic continuation of care for abandoned patients.
Father Damien knew that serving these abandoned patients would be trying, but nothing prepared him for what he described as "the living cemetery that was Molokai.
FLEEING medical staff abandoned patients to a raging fire that killed 89 people in a seven-storey hospital in India, officials said.
I would be honored to help any abandoned patients smile again," he said.
This ward was built as a hospital and home for 65 abandoned patients.
Likewise, the fact that doctors can, in exceptional circumstances, refuse to treat patients does not necessarily entail a moral wrong, no matter how serious the consequences to the abandoned patients.
Although he now wonders if he could have done anything to save people if he had stayed, "I'd rather be considered a person who abandoned patients than someone who aided in eliminating patients," King told CNN.
A DOCTOR abandoned patients in a Welsh hospital because he was hungry and wanted to go home, a consultant told a hearing yesterday.