Welcome! We regret to inform you that the Injury Board National News Desk has been discontinued. Feel free to browse around and enjoy our previously published articles, or visit The Injury Blog Network for the latest in personal injury news.

Nevada Governor Gibbons on the Hot Seat

Posted by Jane Akre
Wednesday, March 19, 2008 11:41 AM EST
Category: Major Medical, Protecting Your Family
Tags: Medical Malpractice and Negligent Care, FDA and Prescription Drugs, Medical Devices, Wrongful Death

Gov. Gibbons has asked three medical Examiners Board members to resign for conflict of interest, they've refused.

LEARN MORE

 

IMAGE SOURCE: Creativecommons/ Gov. office 

Nevada's Governor Jim Gibbons is on the hot seat for taking too long to respond to a public health crisis in Las Vegas.

After initially soft-selling the hepatitis C outbreak by saying there would be more cases of hepatitis C if there had actually been “gross negligence” at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada, he waited more than two weeks to begin taking aggressive action to restore public trust.   

And while the Governor has asked for the resignation from the Board of Medical Examiners, who oversee discipline of doctors, they have refused to step down

The Gov. citing a conflict of interest as the three are friends and business associates of Dr. Desai who owns the Endoscopy Center.  

Instead, the Board of Medical Examiners executive director Tony Clark says the Governor is trying to hide the fact that Dr. Desai was one of his campaign contributors and consulted with the governor when he took office.

Clark says “Maybe the governor ought to resign. He is making us the scapegoat for his ineptitude,” says Clark.

The city of Las Vegas has pulled the business license of the Endoscopy Center and Dr. Desai has agreed to stop practicing medicine.

The other doctors on the Medical Examiners board have not agreed to limit their practices.

On March 11th, Governor Gibbons questioned whether Nevada needs to conduct more frequent inspections of facilities such as the Endoscopy Center, where unsafe practices led to the hepatitis C outbreak and the notification that 40,000 people need to undergo tests for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.

“We do not have enough Highway Patrolmen to stop everybody who makes a mistake. We could inspect (surgical centers) annually and then pretty soon, have we done overkill?”

While the governor apologized for blaming the media for “buffoonery” causing public hysteria, he has not backed off on saying there was no gross negligence at the clinic.

Seven cases of hepatitis C have been confirmed so far and thousands more are being tested after reused syringes contaminated vials of medication.

Hundreds have joined in class action lawsuits against Dr. Desai and his clinics for medical negligence. #

 

 

 


No Comments

Comments for this article are closed.

About the National News Desk

Our mission is to seek the complete truth and provide a full and fair account of the events and issues that surround personal safety, accident prevention, and injury recovery.  We are committed to serving the public with honesty and integrity in these efforts.

Hurt in an accident? Contact an Injury Board member

Subscribe to Blog Updates

Enter your email address if you would like to receive email notifications when comments are made on this post.

Email address

Subscribe

RSS Feed

Add the National News Desk to your favorite RSS reader

Add to Google Reader Add to myYahoo Add to myMSN Add to Bloglines Add to Newsgator Add to Netvibes Add to Pageflakes