Doctors Don't Always Tell
Physicians generally agree that they should report impaired or incompetent colleagues, but 45 percent said they didn't always do so, The Post's Christopher Lee reports.
Serious weaknesses in the nation's system of disciplining doctors was the subject of a 2005 investigation by reporter Cheryl W. Thompson. The three-part series described the cases of doctors who were given repeated chances to practice, despite well-documented drug and alcohol problems and a history of relapses. When doctors were disciplined, the process sometimes was so slow that they moved to another state and became licensed before a paper trail surfaced detailing their transgressions. They could move around easily because many were never reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank, a federal repository for doctor discipline records.
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