Physicians in Delaware must be licensed by the Delaware Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline (“Board”). The Delaware Board is made up of sixteen members: 10 medical doctors (MDs) and osteopathic doctors (DOs), and 6 public members. The Board meets 10 times annually. The Board is responsible for licensing physicians and for disciplinary actions against licensed Delaware physicians.
During 2010, the Board took 24 actions against physicians, up from 11 in 2009. Of the 24 total actions, 17 were loss of license or licensed privileges. An additional 5 were subject to restrictions on their licenses or licensed privileges (up from 2 for the prior year). There were 4,861 physicians licensed by Delaware during 2010 (2,084 were practicing in-state), up from 4,540 in 2009.
One of the more recent prejudicial actions taken by the Board was against a Delaware licensed family practice specialist who engaged mainly in pain management. The doctor’s license had been placed on probation since March 1, 2011. During June, 2011, the Board issued an emergency order suspending the doctor’s medical license in Delaware for alleged serious violations of the Delaware Medical Practice Act that posed a clear and immediate danger to the public health.
The Board found that the doctor continually prescribed controlled substances (drugs) to patients without conducting proper medical examinations, without creating and maintaining proper records, without ordering tests, without requesting medical records, without contacting patients’ primary care or other treating physicians, without obtaining the informed consent of patients, and with little or no basis of an underlying medical condition establishing the need for the medication. The Board also found that the doctor falsified patient medical records, abandoned medical files in his Delaware office, and failed to provide medical records to treating physicians and patients.
Among the other wrongdoings alleged against the doctor included the doctor having written 19 prescriptions for more than 1,500 tablets of controlled substances for an incarcerated prisoner in Delaware, and that the doctor had written at least 83 prescriptions for 5,330 tablets of controlled substances for an Idaho resident without having conducted a physical examination or contacting the Idaho resident’s treating physicians.
Delaware residents, like residents of all other states in the United States, have their share of negligent and “bad” doctors who cause injury, pain, and misery for their patients due to their carelessness or intentional wrongdoing. If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of the medical malpractice committed by a Delaware physician or other Delaware medical provider, or a doctor or other medical provider in another state in the U.S., please visit our website or call us toll free at 800-295-3959 to be connected with local medical malpractice lawyers who may be able to assist you with your medical malpractice claim.
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