Doctor Complaints Up

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, December 4, 2009
Nine doctors in the Sacramento region were disciplined by the state medical board during the past fiscal year, that’s a slight increase from the eight in 2008.

The negligence ranges from missing a 4-centimeter mass in a patient’s kidney that turned out to be cancerous to pumping patients with a Botox substitute that was not approved for humans.

Four of the local cases were related to substance abuse, from drunk driving to using marijuana. The number of complaints locally increased to 344, about 20 more than last year.

However, few complaints lead to disciplinary actions, which can range from a public reprimand to license suspension and probation.

Statewide, the board disciplined 272 doctors, compared to 314 a year ago — an extremely small number of the 127,000 doctors practicing in the state.