Doctor sues CA hospital, claiming retaliation for state report

An obstetrician and gynecologist has sued a California hospital, claiming his former bosses there are giving him bad recommendations in retaliation for his filing a complaint about conditions there. Dr. John Brannigan filed a complaint about conditions at Memorial Hospital Los Banos' labor and delivery area with the California Department of Health Services in 2004. When it investigated, the Department found that the hospital's quality of care was deficient. Later, when Brannigan tried to get another job, he was told that Los Banos officials gave him poor recommendations. Now, he's filed a civil case against the hospital and its parent company Sutter Health. Brannigan, meanwhile, is being investigated by the state medical board in a separate case involving gross negligence, repeated negligent acts and incompetence.

To learn more about the case:
- read this San Francisco Examiner piece

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