VOTER MANDATE AMENDMENT 7? BAYONET POINT REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER SAYS NO TO RECORDS. Mark Antokas

12/23/04

INTRO: Weeks after voters in Florida passed an amendment to require doctors to release medical malpractice records to their patients, numerous legal challenges and lawsuits to amendment 7 have been filed. Recently, the Bayonet Point Regional Medical Center, in Hudson, Florida, suspended nine cardiologists for, the St. Pete Times reports, unnecessary angioplasties, stints placed on arteries of the wrong size or shape, wrong medicines and poor record keeping. WMNF’s Mark Antokas has more:

SCRIPT: Collins Connor, a St. Pete Times reporter, asked for the names of nine cardiologists suspended by the Bayonet Point Regional Medical Center in Hudson, after the hospital conducted an internal investigation by independent “Experts�. The hospital refused to release the names of the doctors and the experts. Under amendment 7, hospitals and doctors are required to give out those names, but the hospital refused, seeking refuge in a lawsuit brought against the newspaper, and three state health agencies. The lawsuit asks the courts to put a stay on such requests, until the State Legislature can determine just how these requests can be handled. Bradley M. Bole, the Times’ attorney, said that this is not the first challenge to an amendment just weeks old. Roll Tape:

Bole said that this amendment is not popular with hospitals and doctors and explained why. Roll Tape:

Lance Block is an attorney for Floridians For Patients Protection. The group is made up of a consortium of consumers, medical malpractice victims, advocates on behalf of patient safety, and trial lawyers who provide financial support. He says that the hospitals don’t like amendment 7 because it disables their ability to hide mistakes. Their hope, he says, is that the State Legislature in Tallahassee will severely limit the new amendments scope. Lance Block:

Regardless of how the public has voted, it is clear that if the Governor and the State Legislature do not like a particular mandate, there will be attempts to either water it down, or do away with it completely. Numerous requests were made by WMNF for a response by the Bayonet Point Regional Center, doctor’s spokes people, and the Florida Medical Association. All calls were not returned by airtime. The legislature meets on January 7th, to discuss the issue. This is Mark Antokas, for WMNF, radio news.

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NEED A LAWYER RIGHT NOW TO FILE MEDICAL MALPRACTI

I was injured by localdoctors in a hospital and the nurse. they injured my heart by overmedicating me causing my heart rate to accelerate. There is damage to my heart chest pains every day and they refused to release medical records despite many requests. releasing them almost when the statute of limitations is expired, I am now stuck and need an attorney TODAY wHO CAN HELOP OLEASE? any suggestions? These bastards should be executed. How can they still be in the health care facilities attending to patients?