Report: Texas board tolerates doctor misconduct

October 11, 2009 6:36:51 PM PDT
A state medical board is allowing physicians accused of misconduct to keep their licenses as part of a broader pattern of tolerance for bad behavior, according to a newspaper report Sunday. The Dallas Morning News reports the Texas Medical Board only revoked the licenses of two physicians at an August meeting, at which 131 doctors were disciplined. A handful of others were suspended or surrendered their licenses rather than fight.

The board announced decisions on four sex-related cases, including two doctors whom judges had already sentenced for crimes against children. The board allowed them to continue practicing medicine, but not with children.

The newspaper reports the board had promised seven years ago that it would "crack down on bad doctors" and that sexual misconduct would not be tolerated.

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