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Massachusetts doctors face fewer sanctions

Boston Globe, April 6, 2010

The number of serious disciplinary actions taken against Massachusetts doctors fell by almost half over four years, placing the state's medical licensing agency in the bottom 10 nationally, according to a report released by a consumer group. The Public Citizen Health Research Group said the numbers suggest that Massachusetts has relaxed its policing of problem physicians. But a spokesman for the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine said complaints to the board fell by more than a third from 2007 to 2009, and the number of malpractice payments made by Massachusetts doctors has gone down since 2001.