Hospital board claims members of medical staff support standing gag order
By Erik Lukens, The Bulletin Editor
If your doctor believed St. Charles Bend was providing inadequate patient care, should he or she be able to say so publicly? If you answered in the affirmative, you’re in for a disappointment.
The reason, ironically, is a code of conduct, which is the sort of thing that ought to reassure patients.
Members of the hospital’s medical staff must sign such a code annually in order to retain their hospital privileges. The medical staff consists of advanced-practice providers like physicians, physicians’ assistants and nurse practitioners, according to medical staff president Tim Carney. Some of them work for the hospital, and some do not. …
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