It's been known for a while that Minnesota ranks dead last in the nation in the frequency with which its doctors are disciplined by the state licensing board for harming patients. Now we know why.
A new investigative series by the Minneapolis Star Tribune has some dizzying quotes from state officials who are charged with protecting the public.
For example, when asked why Minnesota so seldom took action against a doctor's license when authorities in another state had already done so, Ruth Martinez, supervisor of the board's complaint review unit, replied:
"What's the point of piling on?"
(Earth to Ms. Martinez: If your state is the only one that hasn't restricted a doctor's license to practice after some horrendous harm to patients, where do you think that doctor is going to end up practicing?)
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