Earlier this week we pointed to an Observer story that discussed in detail a case of doctor discipline gone awry. The bad doctor in that case was described in horrific terms by his own colleagues. Yet, even though those who saw him operate on unsuspecting patients went to great lengths to warn others about his poor skills, it took months and months before any official action was taken. In the meantime, at least two patients were killed and several others paralyzed as a result of his malpractice.
Doctor Discipline – Patients Should Come First
This topic has received significant attention over the past few weeks, as various other media outlets have honed in on the consistent problem of lackluster enforcement by state medical boards. A USA Today article–which we also discussed–provided similar examples of chronically negligent doctors who are allowed to see patient after patient. The problem is not limited to a single state or practice area. It is widespread.