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Florida seen as lenient on disciplining doctors

Posted by Frank Spector | May 01, 2009 | 0 Comments

The Orlando Sentinel (4/21, Lamendola) reported, “The state Board of Medicine, which licenses and oversees medical doctors, has typically ranked at or near average in imposing serious disciplinary penalties, but last year fell to 44th lowest.” Now, “for the first time, Florida has slipped into the bottom 10 states in terms of seriously disciplining doctors who violate state standards, the consumer group Public Citizen reported Monday.” Dr. Sidney Wolfe, acting president of Public Citizen, said, “Florida has never been that great but they've really tanked in the past year. … They are failing to protect the people of Florida against these relative few doctors who are not practicing as they should be.” He suggested a few reasons for why the ranking has dropped including: “the state board's reduced budget for investigating complaints, not initiating cases on its own, and being too close to the medical profession.”

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