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Greg Abbott Protecting Hospital/cocaine-fueled Neurosurgeon

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By James Girards

In yet another crazy twist in the story of Baylor Plano and "allegedly" cocaine-fueled neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch who killed and maimed his way through North Texas, you'll never believe who is using your tax money to join the lawsuit.  On March 24, 2014 the Attorney General of Texas, Greg Abbott, joined the lawsuit by filing a document known as an "Intervention." [I know, appropriate term, right?] You might think that he is doing that to protect the patients' rights to redress using our court system. You might think Mr. Abbott is going to take the side of the patients who were asleep while the "allegedly" cocaine-fueled neurosurgeon needlessly cut through nerves, muscles, and blood vessels leaving some dead, others severely wounded, and one a quadriplegic. You might think Abbott is going to take the side of the Texas Medical Board who took away the neurosurgeon's license after hearing the neurosurgeon admit to abusing Xanax, Oxycontin, and Hydrocodone. You might think Abbott is taking the side of the Texas Department of State Health Services which is currently investigating Baylor's decision to not only fail to proctor the surgeon after it internally decided that was needed after hearing from a patient that Duntsch was doing 8-balls of cocaine the night before that particular surgery, and then wrote a letter of recommendation that allowed Duntsch to maim and kill others at various Dallas area hospitals. You might even think that Greg Abbott is going to stand with the score of doctors who witnessed what Duntsch had done and uniformly describe Duntsch as a sociopath who possesses the worst surgical skills that can be imagined in someone operating on people's spinal cords. If you thought those things you'd be wrong. While one Texas agency is using your tax dollars to hold the hospital accountable, Attorney General Greg Abbott is using your tax dollars to come to the aid of the hospital that kept a sociopathic drug-fueled surgeon on its staff, and both enabled and prolonged the whole disaster, then dumped the surgeon on other hospital's doorsteps. You can read the document by clicking here.  You can read past blogs about Duntsch and review relevant documents by clicking here.  As they say, "only in Texas..."

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Category: Medical Malpractice


2 Comments to "Greg Abbott Protecting Hospital/cocaine-fueled Neurosurgeon"

The point of this blog post is that Mr. Abbott is able, but does not have to, intervene in this lawsuit. Rather than be outraged by what the defendants did, he has made a decision to become a legal adversary to the patients who were maimed or killed by the outrageous conduct of the surgeon and hospital - at the same time a different state agency is working to hold the hospital accountable. Who does that?
Posted by James Girards on March 25, 2014 at 12:11 PM
I read the Motion and I find nothing inappropriate. On the contrary, he is doing his job as AG unlike AG Holder -- selective enforcement of existing law based upon race, political affiliation or political constituency. I suspect the attorney that challenged Texas law is also a Holder fan and your reasons for posting this are both political and financial.
Lesson -- think before you plead. Were it not for poorly planned pleadings (Austin shoulder dystocia case) we would not have the Emergency Medical Care Act.
Finally if you are sincerely concerned about patient safety you can't vote for a candidate that so publicly opposed a bill to protect the health of female patients in Texas, that candidate being Wendy Davis.
Posted by Frank Battaglia MD JD on March 25, 2014 at 11:19 AM

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