Friday, November 11, 2011

Texas doctor pleads guilty in retaliation case after 2 nurses reported him to state regulators

From the Washington Post:
A doctor who pleaded guilty Monday to retaliating against two nurses who reported him to state medical regulators will spend two months in jail and be on probation for five years. Prosecutor David Glickler said Dr. Rolando G. Arafiles Jr., 59, pleaded guilty in a Kermit courtroom to retaliation and misuse of official information as part of a plea agreement that also includes surrendering his medical license.
And regarding the importance of whistleblowers:
“The case highlights the importance of nurses as patient advocates,” said Mari Robinson, the Texas Medical Board’s executive director. “It led to legislation that strengthens protections for nurses in their role as whistleblowers. That said, concerns remain that a case like this can create fear about reporting physicians to the board.”

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