The Seattle Times reports that the State Department of Health has suspended the license of Dr. George Mathew, 46 (read their news release here). According to the suspension order, Mathew’s treatment of four patients in the Pend Oreille County hospital emergency room is being investigated for “negligence, incompetence and malpractice.” The order says, “In order to immediately suspend a practitioner’s license, the commission and the health department must have evidence that demonstrates the practitioner’s conduct puts patients in immediate danger. A summary suspension is the strongest, most immediate action possible.” He was working in an ER room as a temporary doctor.
Matthew, through his Seattle attorney Jeff Coopersmith, denies the allegations.
The charges include:
- Failing to treat a man suffering from a heart attack
- Failing to stitch up a laceration in a woman’s leg
- Failing to stitch up the lip of another woman after she had a fall
- Failing to treat a patient who present a complaint of blood and vomit in his stool
Mathew has currently been working out of an office in Seattle’s Belltown. He has been under probation since 2005 for other incidents. In 2005, he agreed to certain conditions imposed by the Department of Health so that he could keep his license. One of those conditions was that he would only work in an emergency room.
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