Reporter finds disciplined doctors among Department of Corrections staff

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A number of medical professionals working for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections have “less-than-spotless pasts,” according to Oklahoman reporter Andrew Knittle.

Knittle’s report, based on public records, spotlights doctors and a physician’s assistant who have been disciplined for things that include substance abuse and sexual improprieties.

The executive director of the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision points out that discipline doctors can have trouble finding a job and may find they can’t be network providers on insurance programs, so they turn to jobs working for the government:

Medical professionals with disciplinary records also work at the state Department of Veterans Affairs and medical facilities at Fort Sill, a federal installation.

The story includes links to the complaints mentioned in the article.

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