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Doctor Who Attempted To Have Whistleblowing Nurses Prosecuted Is Put On Probation

From an AP article in the Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

AUSTIN — Texas medical regulators on Friday placed on probation a West Texas doctor involved in the unsuccessful prosecution of two nurses who complained anonymously that the physician was unethical and risking patients’ health.

The Texas Medical Board technically suspended Dr. Rolando G. Arafiles Jr. but allowed him to continue to practice medicine while on probation for four years if he completes additional training.

The board also said Arafiles must be monitored by another physician and submit patient medical and billing records for review. The monitor will report his or her findings to the board.

In the mediated order signed in Austin, the board concluded that Arafiles failed to treat emergency room patients properly, did not apply hormone therapy to a female patient appropriately and failed to document patient diagnoses and treatment plans.

The board also found that Arafiles improperly tried to intimidate two nurses who reported him to the medical board for unethical behavior.

Ugh.

*This blog post was originally published at GruntDoc*

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