As Boston’s top medical malpractice lawyer, Andrew C. Meyer Jr. has been outspoken about the Massachusetts medical system’s shortcomings that put patients at risk. Most recently he was featured in the Boston Magazine exposé, The Secret Truth About Boston Doctors, in which he called out the Massachusetts Medical Board, charged with the duty of disciplining doctors for bad behavior and practicing bad medicine. As a follow up to that article, Meyer was interviewed by Sue O’Connell on NBC10 Boston / NECN.
In the interview, Meyer faults the board for taking a soft approach to discipline and for appointing to the board a physician with a pending medical malpractice lawsuit against him. Meyer says that the Board of Registration is a licensing authority, and it should be run more by consumers who understand what bad medicine is about, rather than doctors.
“It’s the Governor and the Department of Health and Human Services are putting these people on the Board, and the Board, unfortunately, for the most part, not in total, but for the most part is controlled by the Mass. Medical Society. They put the people they want on the Board. They protect the doctors in Massachusetts, and there’s very little protection for the patients.”
“We see the same names on a regular basis. We see the same hospitals show up time and time again with the same problems, and one of the major issues is that there’s no corrective action being taken. There’s much more of a ‘circle the wagons’ mentality to protect the reputation — the insurance company is trying to protect their own financial interest, and there’s no effort to expose the mistakes, make changes, change policies and procedures to protect patients.”
To view the full interview, go to: Massachusetts Medical Board Complaints.
To view the Boston Magazine article, go to: The Secret Truth About Boston Doctors.
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