Thousands of doctors are able to continue practicing despite records of serious misconduct that puts patients at risk.
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Across the USA, thousands of doctors are still practicing despite misconduct or mistakes that have put patients at risk.
USA TODAY identified 3,027 doctors who were able to keep clean medical licenses despite misconduct that caused hospitals or other health care facilities to restrict or take away their clinical privileges from 2001 to 2011.
Here are the types of misconduct involved:
• Substandard or inadequate care or skill level (780 doctors)
• Immediate threat to health or safety (234 doctors)
• Incompetence/malpractice/negligence (146 doctors)
• Unable to practice safely, including substance abuse, psychological or physical illness (120 doctors)
• Patient abuse, neglect or abandonment (55 doctors)
• Sexual misconduct (32 doctors)
Peter Eisler and Barbara Hansen, USA TODAY