A San Diego doctor continues to treat patients despite the fact that he may lose his medical license for abusing alcohol and powerful narcotics, including Oxycodone. The emergency room doctor admitted to stealing another doctor’s prescription pad in order to write himself 5 prescriptions for Oxycodone and Endocet. However, the doctor’s lawyer stated he believes his client is not a threat to patients because he is no longer impaired and has completed a drug rehabilitation program. Furthermore, the article reported the doctor put his medical license at risk with a DUI conviction in 2011. According to the president of the local Medical Society, research has shown doctors have a higher rate of drug and alcohol abuse than the general public.
COMMENTARY BY SAM SPITAL, SAN DIEGO CRMINAL, PERSONAL INJURY AND ADMINISTRATIVE LAW ATTORNEY:
“On December 6, 2012, KFMB Channel 8 posted online an article about a 54 year old man who was convicted of child molestation and oral copulation of a 4 year old child. He faces up the 23 years to life in prison. The prosecution alleged the defendant molested the minor when his wife was not present and while she was attending other duties at her home child care business. The defense attorney claimed the charges were false and his client did not touch any child as alleged by the Deputy District Attorney. The story did not go into sufficient facts for one to evaluate the propriety of the arguments, presentation of evidence and/or strength and scope of the defense.
The article reported the eligibility to operate as a day care business at the home in question was suspended. More information regarding the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division, can be viewed online at the following link: http://ccld.ca.gov/PG411.htm. Some of the cases that have been cited as precedent by CDSS can be viewed at http://ccld.ca.gov/res/pdf/Precedent.pdf
One can check online to follow the disciplinary status of all professions and businesses licensed in California by a search starting with the identity of the government agency that issues the applicable license (Board of Registered Nursing, Medical Board of California, Board of Psychology, Pharmacy Board, Dental Board, Department of Real Estate, Department of Insurance, etc.) and then enter the name of the person and/or entity.”
David Chao, the team doctor for the Chargers, stated this Thursday that he’ll be stepping down. He’s been with the team for 17 seasons.
Chao said he wants time to spend with his wife and children, and also has a back injury that will require him to get surgery this month. He said his time spent with the Chargers has been great, and said he wouldn’t trade it for the world.
However, controversy has surrounded Chao’s time with the Chargers. In the past few years, it has been reported that he has had two drunk driving citations, several medical malpractice lawsuits, a public reprimand from the California medical board, and an investigation into his record keeping by the Drug Enforcement Agency. Additionally, at a Super Bowl news conference in January, some New Orleans official demanded that Chao be replaced.
However, the Chargers stand by their doctor, saying that he was part of the team.
This legislation would not only help those seeking licensure in California because of the huge delay and backlog of applications, but it would help those with an existing and valid out of state license by rewarding military spouses and partners. It would also make such individuals more productive as well as bring more income in the form of taxes to the state.