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Alleged malpractice leads to emergency suspension for doctor

Even in a world of advanced medicine, doctors are still found to make mistakes and act negligently toward their patients. While patients generally believe that these kinds of doctors will be prevented from practicing medicine, all too often, unqualified doctors in Rhode Island and in other states are allowed to continue to care for patients. The suspension of a doctor's license lies with a licensing board that may be reluctant to take action.

One heart doctor, however, has been prevented from committing medical errors on other patients thanks to a board's decision in issuing an emergency order, suspending the doctor's license. The board had accused the doctor of treatment methods that harmed his patients instead of helping them. According to the complaints, the doctor implanted coronary artery stents in at least six patients who did not need them -- and in one case used 13 stents on the same patient. This led to the decision to suspend the doctor's license.

The doctor is being sued by at least four former patients for medical malpractice. The patients are not named in the proceedings of the board, but two patients' initials that are mentioned in the board's filed complaint match up with two people who have filed suit against the doctor.

With so much evidence accumulated against him, this doctor's license could be permanently taken away from him. Anyone who feels that they have been the victim of a negligent doctor can meet with an attorney to determine what their legal options are in seeking appropriate compensation.

Source: Columbia Daily Tribune, "Board orders doctor to stop heart practice," Dec. 26, 2012

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