Report urges NY to notify patients about disciplined docs

Approximately three-quarters of doctors disciplined by the New York State Department of Health continue to practice, according to a recent report by the New York Public Interest Research Group. Yet patients are unlikely to know about their doctors' punishment, according to the report, "Questionable Doctors." The report also reveals that the state of New York disciplined 468 physicians last year compared to 313 the year before. Fifty-nine cases involved medical negligence that resulted in the revocation or suspension of 14 doctors' licenses to practice in New York. The report recommends that the state make sure it notifies patients of physicians who have had limitations placed on their licenses as soon as possible. Report (.pdf)