The Florida Supreme Court today again upheld the power of Amendment 7, the patient's right to know law in Florida. Hospitals have continued, in disregard of the constitutional amendment, to refuse discovery of so-called peer review materials where they internally criticize and penalize substandard care. When they get sued for the very care they have already criticized and discplined, they turn around and deny the substandard natue of the care and refuse the right of the patient to see the internal peer review findings. This is the quintessential example of the "conspiracy of silence" that prevails in the halls of America's hospitals. Doctors and hospitals admit, amongst themselves, to horrific acts of malpractice, but when asked to account for the malpractice in the public domain, mum's the word. Worse than that, when accused of malpractice they often not only deny the claim, but they go on rants about "greedy trial lawyers" and "out of control juries." When will the manipulation end? For a news story on the recent decision, click here. For a copy of the opinion, click on this: West Florida Regional Medical Center v. See.
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