Sante Fe New Mexican/Associated Press, April 13, 2011
A breast cancer surgeon and researcher at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is suing the university under the state's whistle-blower law, alleging she lost her job after reporting some patients were receiving substandard care. The university's lawyer said the university "adamantly denies" the claim by Anne Marie Wallace, MD. The Albuquerque Journal, in a copyright story Monday, said Wallace's lawsuit is one of the first cases filed under the whistle-blower law signed last year. Wallace alleges surgical care of breast cancer patients fell below accepted standards and that medical records were tampered with or falsified in some instances. She also contends a supervisor withdrew medical care from one critically ill patient without the patient's consent. According to her lawsuit, no supervisor "ever meaningfully" addressed the complaints.