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Testifying in medical malpractice lawsuits puts doctor’s job in jeopardy

An obstetrician is claiming that a medical center retaliated against him for testifying against doctors in medical malpractice cases. His employer stripped him of his hospital privileges, and he is now unable to deliver babies or perform other operations. Hospital “peer reviews” all over the country are being criticized for similar retaliation. The federal Health Care Quality Improvement Act is a 1986 law intended to protect patients from irresponsible or negligent doctors. There are concerns that, instead, it helps negligent doctors weed out doctors who speak up about medical malpractice. This could discourage expert physicians all over the country from testifying about serious medical mistakes that cause injuries. The hospital claims that it revoked permission for the doctor to practice medicine in hospitals due to unrelated discrepancies.

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