Kansas City Star reporter Alan Bavley was just doing his job. In response to his watchdog stories on medical malpractice, federal officials yanked public portions of a national doctor database offline and threatened him with fines. Now, journalists are pushing back.
Alan Bavley at the Kansas City Star found an opening in Missouri state law, drove a truck into it and loaded it up with facts for his story on Kansas and Missouri doctors who had histories of alleged malpractice, yet whose medical board records were spotless.
Everyone worries about whether medical residents are getting enough rest to safely care for patients. But why aren't hospitalized patients — especially children — allowed to get the sleep they need to recover?
By the time the San Gabriel police caught up with Dr. Lars Hanson, he was half-naked, locked in his car and refusing to answer questions about a patient who had been sent to the ER from his unlicensed abortion clinic. So why is he only getting a slap on the wrist from California's medical board?