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Investigation Finds Medical Board of CA Allows Negligent Doctors to Continue to Practice

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medical malpractice lawyerPeople trust that the medical professionals they go to for care and treatment will do their utmost to ensure the safety and welfare of their patients. Unfortunately, preventable medical errors have now become a leading cause of death, responsible for at least a quarter of a million deaths in the U.S. each year.

In order to protect the public from negligent doctors and other medical professionals, each state has a medical board that is supposed to take action against doctors who are negligent or reckless in treating patients. However, a recent investigation by the LA Times has uncovered numerous cases where doctors still have the blessings of the Medical Board of California to practice, despite multiple cases of gross negligence causing injuries and deaths of their patients.

Medical Board of California Investigation

On the Medical Board’s website, the agency’s says its mission is to protect patients through “licensing and regulation of physicians and surgeons and certain allied health care professionals and the vigorous, objective enforcement of the Medical Practice Act, and to promote access to quality medical care through the Board's licensing and regulatory functions.”

According to the Times’ investigation, however, there are at least 10 doctors who have been frequently found guilty of gross negligence and serious malpractice by the board, yet the punishments these physicians received were far less than what the board’s own standards are.

Accusations against these doctors included negligence that was so severe, patients died, were left paralyzed, or left with missing limbs. The board’s own investigations revealed that some of these doctors intentionally misled patients and the board’s investigators in order to hide serious medical errors.

Nine of these doctors were found to have committed offenses so egregious that their medical licenses should have been revoked, however, the board instead stayed the revocations and put the doctors on probation, allowing them to continue to practice. Four of the nine ended up with even more accusations of causing serious harm to patients while on probation, but most continue to practice medicine in California today.

The investigation found that there were almost 90,000 complaints filed against California doctors in the last 10 years. These complaints were filed by patients, other doctors, nurses, and other individuals. Only 3,100 of these complaints were substantiated and disciplinary action taken by the board’s own investigations. Seventy-five percent resulted in either a letter of reprimand or probation. Just 439 doctors had their licenses revoked. That is less than 0.5 percent and explains why California ranks at number 33 when it comes to issuing serious disciplinary action against doctors who are found guilty of gross negligence.

Let a Glendale, CA Medical Error Lawyer Help

There is no limit to the number of times a doctor can be put on probation for gross negligence by the Medical Board of California. This means that the physician treating you may have multiple complaints that have been filed against them for causing serious injury or death to patients. If you have been injured because of the negligence of a medical professional, contact Tahmazian Law Firm, P.C. to find out what legal recourse you may have. Call 818-242-8201 to schedule a free consultation with one of our dedicated Los Angeles medical malpractice attorneys.

 

Sources:

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-07-14/how-california-medical-board-keeps-negligent-doctors-in-business

https://www.mbc.ca.gov/

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/22/medical-errors-third-leading-cause-of-death-in-america.html

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