People in Providence County may place a great deal of trust in their healthcare providers. The expectation that comes with that is that their doctors and other caregivers will reciprocate that trust. However, information that has begun to emerge from within the medical industry in recent seems to cast doubt on that idea. Many healthcare practitioners today admit to feeling pressure to side with their colleagues when allegations of medical malpractice arise. Studies have even shown that providers may be reluctant to share information with patients about errors in their treatment. Some may say that these accusations and alleged admissions may only be given under the condition of anonymity, and thus are not verifiable. That is not the case anymore.
Recently, a retired surgeon admitted in an article he wrote that he lied during a malpractice case against one of his colleagues almost 20 years ago. Rather than admitting that previous incidents had called is colleague’s skills into question, the doctor instead chose to support him by not sharing any of those concerns. Today, the same doctor now works as a patient advocate, even going so far as to work with the very attorney who represented the plaintiff in the case he admits to lying in. In a recent interview, the doctor confirmed the notion that pressure exists amongst those in his profession to support their contemporaries no matter what.
Patients often have no choice but to trust in their providers in order to receive the care that they need. Anyone violating that trust could be held liable for any actions (or omissions of information) that could put patients at risk. Holding providers accountable in such situations may require the assistance of a skilled and experienced attorney.
Source: NPR “Doctor Confesses: I Lied to Protect Colleague in Malpractice Suit” Allen, Marshall, Sept. 23, 2016