Class action dismissed against hospital chain but judge cautions individual malpractice cases should be examined

A federal judge dismissed a class-action lawsuit against HCA Inc., the nation’s largest for-profit hospital chain saying that the cases in the class action need to be examined individually.

In April the hospital chain was sued in a claim it defrauded patients by directing its affiliated hospitals to staff nursing units below generally accepted levels.

The judge says those cases involve medical malpractice that should be examined on an individual basis, not in a consumer class-action.

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