Doctor Loses License Without Medical Malpractice Suit
Dr. Elizabeth Ritchey, “who specializes in diabetes treatment, metabolism, and endocrinology,” was asked to surrender her medical license following a June review by the Texas Medical Board, according to KGNB News. “The board requested that Dr. Ritchey voluntarily and permanently surrender her medical license in recent litigation and allegations that she failed to practice medicine in an acceptable and professional manner,” reports KGNB. She was one of 57 physicians who were examined by the Texas Medical Board. Only three of these were issued “cease and desist orders,” according to KGNB. The Medical Board was assessing the physicians for “quality of care, unprofessional conduct, peer review actions, inadequate medical records, and violations of the Texas Physician Health Program agreement,” according to KGNB News. It’s not a sure thing that a doctor will lose his or her license following a personal injury or medical malpractice suit. Reviews, such as the one undertaken by the Texas Medical Board, are conducted so that the possibility of a lawsuit is lessened. Medical malpractice suits, or personal injury suits resulting from an injury sustained due to medical malpractice, are limited in Texas. In 2003, according to the New York Times, “Texas voters approved a constitutional amendment limited awards in medical malpractice suits.” This means that there’s an abundance of doctors, a big change from the “state’s abysmally low ranking in physicians per capita” in 2003, according to the New York Times. And yet, according to the Times, critics of the 2003 law “question whether the changes have left patients more vulnerable.” The influx of doctors, some without proper insurance, all with the reduced risk of malpractice, often means that not all practicing doctors are up to par. This leads to the review like the one that cost Dr. Ritchey her license. If you or someone you know is facing injuries sustained as a result of medical malpractice or any other reason, don’t go through it alone. Contact a dedicated New Braunfels personal injury attorney today.
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