October 30, 2007
The meeting was packed, mainly with doctors who think the board is “overenforcing” the law.
Dr. Roland Chalifoux, a former neurosurgeon in the Fort Worth area, said the board unfairly took his license after a patient died, forcing him to leave the state. If he is a danger to patients, he asked lawmakers, why is he allowed to teach and practice in Wheeling, W.Va.?
You mean he wasn’t able to go to court and have his case heard before a jury? I guess then he’s in the same boat as every patient is in Texas who might suffer from malpractice.
Might the board be “overenforcing?” Sure. But given how physicians are protected from excessive medical malpractice awards in court (from Republican or Democratic patients) it’s really hard to feel sorry for them.
And do you think representative Brown would have gone out of his way to investigate the board if one of his constituents had complained of medical malpractice and the board hadn’t responded?