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Dysfunctional Doctors: Are They Still Doctoring?
Dr. Phil Leveque Salem-News.com
Salem-News.com's Dr. Phil Leveque
(MOLALLA, Ore.) - The Oregonian newspaper continues to supply me with news leads. Their headline July 18, 2010, Doctors Silent on Errant Colleagues- hit me between the eyes. I am the ONLY doctor in the US revoked for helping marijuana patients get permits. WHAT’S GOING ON?!?
The first paragraph says it all. Your doctor could be drunk, addicted or incompetent but still be practicing. Believe it or not the State Medical Boards are supposed to be PROTECTING the public – it is NOT happening. It is a closed golf and drinking society.
The Oregonian article quoted from the Journal of American Medical Association states why the Medical Board system is a dangerous failure. Although doctors are supposed to have high ethical and moral standards which includes reporting dangerous doctors to the Medical Boards or their hospitals or medical societies, it doesn’t work that way. Reasons for this dangerous, to the public, failure are as follows:
17% of 1891 doctors knew of a seriously impaired doctor. One third of doctors did not report and did nothing.
With the above information at hand I was totally bewildered when I read in the Oregonian, information from The Oregon Medical Board, Dr. Leveque is a danger to ALL his patients and the public in general and they revoked my Medical License.
HOLY SMOKESTACKS!!! I had 5000 marijuana patients and most of them returned annually for renewals and I had no complaints about HARMING anyone.
The Oregonian story stated that in North Carolina about 200 doctors per year are reported and referred for alcoholism, drug addiction or psychological problems. N. Carolina has about the same population as Oregon and that means that we also should have about 200 docs segregated and under medical care. It is not happening!! The Oregon Medical Board does not even acknowledge to the public that they have dangerously impaired doctors unless it is a doctor like myself who has 5000 medical marijuana patients and then it gets printed on the front page of The Oregonian.
This compares to the Oregon Medical Board scandal about Dr. Jayant Patel who killed and seriously injured many patients in Oregon and the Oregon Board even concealed his malpractice for YEARS!!
I try to be philosophical about this. I have studied the pharmacology and toxicology of cannabis for about 60 years and have discovered through reading thousands of medical articles that it is the most useful, most effective, least harmful drug ever discovered. At the same time even after safely and effectively treating more than 5000 grateful patients that I am still A DANGER TO ALL OF MY PATIENTS AND THE PUBLIC IN GENERAL.
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