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FOI Leader Hopes Legislature Will Act On Ruling On Doctor Information

Western Iowa Today
Western Iowa Today
 2021-10-26
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(Des Moines, IA) — The leader of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council is hoping the Iowa Legislature takes action after a recent Iowa Supreme Court said the state Board of Medical Examiners could not release preliminary information on the investigations of complaints of doctors. FOI executive director, Randy Evans, says there are some 600 accusations each year against the 66-hundred physicians in the state — and only 25 to 30 cases end up with disciplinary charges. He says that indicates the medical board and its staff of investigators are doing a pretty thorough job of vetting the accusations to ensure they are not simply someone who dislikes a particular physician, or that has a vendetta. Evans says the FOI Council supports the legislature looking at the issue and he says it’s likely the medical board will pursue action with the legislature.

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