Work can be a very stressful place, particularly within the medical profession. When bombarded with stress, a person may occasionally let emotions get the best of them at work and say or do something that they know they really shouldn't. This isn't too surprising; we are only human after all. However, if a person is accused of habitually acting in an inappropriate manner at work, they can find themselves facing real problems. Physicians are no exception to this.
Tidiness and sanitary matters can be an issue in any workplace. In most workplaces, though, the most being accused of being untidy or engaging in unsanitary behavior will lead to is a person facing the ire of their coworkers or bosses. For medical professionals, however, such accusations are a much bigger deal. Given the harm unsanitary practices in the medical setting can cause to patients, medical boards take such allegations incredibly seriously. Allegations of unsanitary practices can lead to a doctor facing significant disciplinary actions. Their physician's license could even be at risk. This can be seen in a matter that has come up in a neighboring state.
There is quite a bit of paperwork in the medical profession. It is not uncommon for doctors to compile a significant amount of medical records in relation to their patients.
Cellphones and text messaging have become rather ubiquitous things in today's society. Given this, it is not too surprising that allegations sometimes arise that a person texted at a time or in a manner that they shouldn't have. Texting while driving is probably the best-known type of such allegations, but it certainly isn't the only type. Another field allegations of improper texting can sometimes come up in is the medical field. Recently, a physician in another state has had allegations of texting misconduct leveled against him.
Sadly, many people here in America struggle with problems with drugs or alcohol. Medical professionals are not immune to this affliction. In fact, given the high-stress nature of the medical profession, substance abuse is something that doctors and other medical workers can be particularly vulnerable to. When a doctor has drug/alcohol abuse allegations leveled against them, they may think that their career is essentially over and that they have no hope of bouncing back. A rather inspiring come-back story regarding a physician indicates that this doesn't have to be the case.
It is a sad reality that drug abuse/addiction problems afflict some physicians. A recent review of government data conducted by USA TODAY indicates that, every year, around 103,000 U.S. doctors, health care aides, nurses and medical technicians struggle with drug problems.
There are a great many standards that doctors are supposed to comply with in their practice of medicine. These standards touch on a wide variety of different issues, including: interactions with patients, the treatment of patients, the prescribing of medications, the disinfecting of instruments, the keeping of records and the handling of samples. Accusations of having violated these sorts of professional standards can put a doctor at risk of losing their medical license.
Recently, in a neighboring state, a sentence was issued against a physician in a case involving alcohol-related offenses.
Sometimes, pharmaceutical companies give free prescription drug samples to doctors. It is illegal for doctors to sell such free samples. Being accused of such illegal conduct can lead to significant consequences for a doctor. Recently, such allegations led to a 77-year-old man from McDonald who worked as a family doctor voluntarily surrendering his medical license and being given probation, community service and a fine.
Sometimes, the State Board of Medicine will pursue actions in relation to criminal allegations leveled against a doctor. One such action is to seek a temporary suspension of the accused doctor's license. Currently, the board is pursuing this action in relation to a pair of criminal cases that have arisen regarding an obstetrician/gynecologist.