Hawaii lawmakers weigh subpoenas in hospital case

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers are deciding how to proceed with their investigation into shoddy working conditions and mismanagement at Hawaii State Hospital.

A Senate investigative committee Wednesday is meeting to determine how to keep digging into problems at the state-run psychiatric hospital in Kaneohe. They are considering issuing subpoenas to compel further testimony in the case.

Workers at the hospital have described assaults from patients. Injured staffers have said they've met extreme difficulty getting worker's compensation after those attacks. They also have leveled charges of corruption and nepotism at hospital administration.

State figures showed more than 1,200 attacks at the hospital between 2006 and 2013. Hospital officials have told lawmakers in the past that assault counts can appear misleading because some nonviolent encounters are classified as assaults.

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