Dem. Senate Candidate Carmona Failed to Keep Bad Doctors Accountable
Richard Carmona is running for the U.S. Senate in Arizona. He is a trauma surgeon and former U.S. Surgeon General. For better or worse, he has been a fixture in Arizona health care for decades. As I noted last week, he was entrusted with managing a community hospital and ultimately was ousted for financial mismanagement. He also spent about 4 years on the state Board of Medical Examiners, from 1998 to 2002. BoMEx is entrusted to protect the public and discipline doctors for ethical lapses or inferior care. It is the sole arbiter ensuring the public it has access to the highest quality of care. Unfortunately, he generally blew off this responsibility.