Thursday, December 25, 2003

NY failure to monitor bad dr's results in 18 deaths per day!

"Each and every day, 18 New Yorkers die in the hospital due to negligent medical care," said Blair Horner of the New York Public Interest Research Group. The groups called for a more open process in doctor discipline cases.
"Even when it comes to very basic information, we can't get it out of the Health Department," Horner said.
NYPIRG, the Center for Medical Consumers and the StateWide Senior Action Council released a report on New York Malpractice Monday based on Health Department statistics that stated among other things that enforcement was going down allowing more sanctioned doctors to continue practicing. In 1996, 62 percent of physicians cited lost their licenses for more than one month; by 2002 that was down to 44 percent.