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Lax Oversight Favors Doctors over Patients

Posted on February 18, 2008 7:02 am under Medical Malpractice

A recent study shows that the Wisconsin State Medical Examining Board is slow to look into complaints, keeps many of its investigations secret and rarely imposes serious discipline. This is true even when patients die.

In one example, the board has been aware of a doctor’s shortcomings in the operating room since 1989 yet here it is 2008 and he still has his license. Numerous patients have died following and during his operations. He’s not allowed to practice in various hospitals around Milwaukee and the state’s largest medical malpractice insurer has dropped him due to too many claims. Yet he still has his license and has not yet been disciplined by the board.

The report also has found that doctors can do numerous things that would have the rest of us fired and still keep their licenses. Such things as taking drugs and sexually abusing and assaulting patients do not normal trigger an inquiry by the medical board. In fact, just 24 doctors lost their licenses in a five-year period. 15 of those cases involved the doctors being sanctioned in other states first as that was where they primarily practiced.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a case involving a doctor’s egregious error, contact the Milwaukee medical malpractice lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at (414) 271-0900 to discuss your case and to schedule an initial consultation.