NH House subcommittee hears evidence on Board of Medicine

NH House subcommittee hears evidence on Board of Medicine

A New Hampshire House subcommittee began hearing testimony about the workings of the state board of medicine after a recent Boston Globe report highlighted alleged malpractice claims against a surgeon at the retirement from the Catholic Medical Center. The subcommittee is gathering evidence on how the medical board operates, how well it responds to citizen complaints about malpractice and whether the legislature needs to take action. The newly formed subcommittee said transparency was its goal. the Massachusetts Board of Medicine reported and how the New Hampshire Board of Medicine reported the same individual,” said state Rep. Mark Pearson, R-Hampstead. The subcommittee will not be involved in specific cases, but rather will do a general review of how things work in New Hampshire. During a hearing on Monday, Sean McGorry spoke about his sister, who died a day after surgery, and what he said she didn’t know about her doctor. “We found out a few years after his surgery that he had been suspended the summer before his surgery,” McGorry said. Questions have been raised about where complaints come from, how they get to the Board of Medicine and how investigations are carried out. “The board sees everything we get, but if we don’t see something, we can’t act on it. We can’t assess it,” said Dr. Emily Baker, chair of the Board of Medicine. , the information is disclosed to the public only in the event of a disciplinary sanction. Lindsey Courtney, Executive Director of the Office of Professional Licensing. is responsible for determining whether it is necessary to develop or amend legislation to address any issues it may uncover.

A New Hampshire House subcommittee has begun hearing testimony about the workings of the State Board of Medicine after a recent Boston Globe report highlighted alleged malpractice claims against a retired Catholic surgeon. Medical Center.

The subcommittee is gathering evidence to find out how the medical board works, how well it responds to citizen complaints about malpractice, and whether the legislature needs to take action.

The newly formed subcommittee said transparency was its goal.

“The impetus for this was a series of articles in the Boston Globe that highlighted a significant difference in how the Massachusetts Board of Medicine reported and how the New Hampshire Board of Medicine reported on the same individual,” said state Rep. Mark Pearson, R-Hampstead.

The subcommittee will not be involved in specific cases, but rather will do a general review of how things work in New Hampshire.

During a hearing on Monday, Sean McGorry opened up about his sister, who died a day after surgery, and what he said she didn’t know about her doctor.

“We found out a few years after his surgery that he had been suspended the summer before his surgery,” McGorry said.

Questions have been asked about where complaints come from, how they get to the Board of Medicine and how investigations are carried out.

“The board sees everything we get, but if we don’t see something, we can’t act on it. We can’t assess it,” said Dr. Emily Baker, chair of the Board of Medicine.

According to state law, information is released to the public only if there has been disciplinary action.

“Just because there was a payment, which may or may not mean there was negligence, does not necessarily translate into justification for a disciplinary decision by the board,” Lindsey Courtney said. , Executive Director of the Office of Professional Licensing.

Courtney said the subcommittee could consider a midpoint at which information can be shared publicly, because without that permission, the council cannot share the information even if it wants to.

The subcommittee is responsible for determining whether it is necessary to develop or amend legislation to address any issues it may uncover.

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