Patrick Malone asks an important question over at the Huffington Post:
The recent news about the two Northwest Airlines pilots whose licenses were revoked, less than a week after they let their plane wander 150 miles off course, raises the question: Where are the firing offenses in medicine?
The pilots injured no passengers, and the event didn’t even qualify as a “near miss.” But because they egregiously violated safety rules by working on their flight schedules on a laptop in the cockpit, the aviation authorities did not hesitate to pull their licenses.
In the medical industry, by contrast, it is well known that a doctor will lose his or her license for only flagrant patterns of drug or alcohol abuse or other criminal behavior, with a trail of dead and injured patients usually lasting years before the practitioner is finally put out of business.
Click here to see the not-so-easy to navigate RI Department of Health website on Physician disciplinary action.