Friday, December 26, 2003

3 Doctors with different views on Medical Malpractice

Francis J. Collini, a plastic surgeon from Pennsylvania asks the question "Who is to blame for the medical malpractice crisis in Pennsylvania?" Some of his answers are predictable:
"Is it the attorneys? Yes, in part"...
"Are insurance companies to blame? Yes, they play a part as well."
Now this one might be funny if the results of malpractice weren't frequently deadly -
"Are patients to blame? Patients, too, are partly responsible."
But here's the real kicker:
"Are the doctors to blame?" Yes he says - but not the doctors who commit the malpractice - rather real cause of the malpractice crisis are those lying doctors who agree to testify against other doctors!!!! I wonder if Collinni's a little jaded after being sued for malpractice. He rants that his "case would never have gone forward had it not been for the board certified plastic surgeon who agreed to testify against me for money. He was paid handsomely for his testimony. He distorted the medical facts of the case to create a story filled with mischaracterizations and half-truths..." I wonder if he hired his own expert?

Maybe this doctor should talk with Dr. George Ciechanowski, who until recently was president of the medical staff at Christ Hospital, and who says members of the medical groups conspired to have him voted out as staff president. Ciechanowski filed a civil suit against the state and county medical societies, alleging that he was blacklisted for his views opposing caps on medical malpractice suits.
Yesterday, representatives of the New Jersey division of the Polish American Congress reiterated their support for Ciechanowski and called on the Christ Hospital medical staff to have the pulmonologist reinstated. He had one more year to serve in that position.
"Dr. Ciechanowski is a real patriot in this travesty. The act of vengeance perpetrated upon (him) was a case of professional malpractice in itself," said Dorothy Souchuk, vice president of the congress, who urged Jersey City's Polish community to rally behind Ciechanowski.

Dr. John Faulkner of North Carolina was not marching with the doctors to call for a cap on medical malpractice lawsuits. He opposes caps on medical malpractice. His wife Joan was badly burned last June when a cauterizing tool ignited oxygen that was being pumped into her nose during a routine procedure in an operating room.
Her top lip was melted off; her face, neck and chest suffered second- and third-degree burns that will require numerous reconstructive surgeries. After a three-week hospitalization, she was released to begin a new life coping with constant pain, numbed by powerful medications that sap energy and drive. She once tended to the children with delight and precision, but she now cedes all but a few tasks to her husband.
Because Joan Faulkner, 44, stayed at home, she is not eligible for economic damages calculated on lost earnings. And under the bill supported by the state's doctors, the value of her pain and suffering would be $250,000 or less.

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