Cleveland Struggles With Medical Care For The Homeless

CLEVELAND (AP) - A newspaper says that homeless people who are too ill to care for themselves but don't require hospitalization are often dumped by ambulances at shelters that are not staffed with medical personnel nor equipped to handle emergencies.

It's a troubling scene as the homeless get dropped off at shelters with oxygen tanks, doctor's orders and staples holding together abdominal incisions.

Advocates for the homeless told The Plain Dealer of Cleveland that people who are not sick enough to be in hospitals have nowhere to turn.

Linda Somers -- chief executive of Care Alliance Health Center -- which operates three Cleveland medical clinics for the poor -- says the hospitals don't get paid so they can't help.

Hospital officials say she's right.