Most in Providence would like the details of their private lives kept out of the public arena given that such matters should be considered just that: private. Yet too often, problems in people's private lives often spill out into their public ones. This is most often present in the workplace, where it can be difficult to mask personal issues in the performance of one's job. And if one's job involves working with others, specifically putting the safety of others into his or her hands, than one's personal problems not only open him or her up to public scrutiny, but liability issues as well.
A California doctor is currently having such difficulties keeping his personal life from interfering with his job performance. Legal troubles involving domestic violence and drug and alcohol issues have brought his case to the attention of the California Medical Board, which recently ruled for the third time this year to suspend his medical license. The decision came following a promise from the doctor to submit to regular drug and alcohol testing, and a subsequent failure to demonstrate improvement with these problems. That, plus accusations of him failing to maintain adequate medical records and his continuing to prescribe dangerous amounts of medications through his pain management practice, contributed to the Board's decision.
While many would like to sympathize with one going through such personal struggles, his professional role as a pain management doctor and the risk that such problems pose to his patients cannot be overlooked. Those receiving treatment from him or another doctor dealing with similar issues deserve the best of those providers skills and abilities at all times. If these providers' personal issues don't allow that, or worse yet, expose others to danger, than those who suffer from their medical negligence may be entitled to compensation through a lawsuit. Anyone needing such assistance may wish to work with a personal injury attorney in order to earn it.
Source: The Fresno Bee "Fresno doctor's license suspended, accused of negligence" Barbara Anderson, Dec. 19, 2013