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Most Medical Boards 'Terrible' at Discipline

Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, March 29, 2012

By the time the Medical Board of California filed a petition to revoke the license of Michael Jackson's doctor this month—three years after the pop icon died—public complaints were common. Chief among them: What took so long? 

It was shortly after Jackson's death that critics started pounding the medical board for failing to quickly revoke physician Conrad Murray's license, or at least seek an interim suspension, after the doctor was charged with illicitly administering anesthesia to the performer, who had wanted to overcome insomnia.

The Jackson case was certainly high-profile, but it is only one of many across the country in which medical boards have failed to act expeditiously, or even at all, against bad doctors.

Earlier this month, a New England investigative reporting group published a story about the Massachusetts Board of Medicine, describing a "veil of secrecy" afforded to some doctors "due to physician-friendly provisions in state law, the board's policy of purging certain records, sometimes in violation of state law, and outdated technology."

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2 comments on "Most Medical Boards 'Terrible' at Discipline"


Joe Tye (3/30/2012 at 9:21 AM)
Another example of the failure of the medical profession to police itself is Lasik eye surgery, which is virtually unregulated. Thousands of people have their eyes permanently damaged each year, and Lasik surgeons consistently fail to report bad outcomes to the FDA. A Canadian news TV producer doing a show on dishonest sales techniques utilized by Lasik doctors told me he's never seen anything like the way Lasik surgeons have "circled the wagons" to protect incompetent surgeons and unethical Lasik mills from scrutiny.

shadowmia (3/29/2012 at 10:14 PM)
The Nevada Board, where the bulk of Murray's practice is, still has not revoked his license or taken any other action against him. The remainder of his practice is in Texas, and the Texas Board likewise has done nothing. The only Board that has revoked his license to practice is California, and Murray's sole patient there was Michael Jackson, whom he killed. All of the above is a grim indictment of the State Medical Boards.