Hospitals Fail to Discipline, Report Problem Doctors | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that across the country, “hospitals either aren’t disciplining doctors who have had problems, or are finding ways to avoid federal reporting rules.” The Post-Dispatch discusses the case of Dr. Surendra Chaganti of St. Anthony’s Medical Center in Missouri. Despite his involvement in a patient’s death, he was able to keep a clean record.

This report is not surprising, although it is troubling.  For many years, studies have shown that a small percentage of doctors are repeat offenders, committing medical errors and engaging in self-destructive behavior that puts patients at risk.  The renowned Institute of Medicine has proven that approximately 98,000 Americans are killed every year as a result of medical errors.  If problem doctors are disciplined appropriately, lives will be saved and health will be preserved.

I hope this additional study spurs hospitals to better screen, supervise, and train physicians.  We can’t have nearly 100,000 Americans dying needlessly.

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