In extremely troubling news, a whistleblowing nurse in Texas is being put on trial for exposing that bad medicine was being practiced by a doctor. The nurse sent a letter to the state’s medical board, detailing six specific cases (only by file number, sans personal details) of questionable treatment, along with showing evidence that the doctor was emailing patients about herbal supplements that he “sold on the side.”
Nevertheless, the sheriff of the Texas town, who is great friends with the doctor-in-question, and who credits the doctor with saving his life from a heart attack, arrested the nurse for “misuse of official information” – a third degree felony in Texas.
After the nurse was arrested last June, a surprise inspection by state investigators found “several violations by Dr. Arafiles and concluded that the hospital had discriminated against the nurses by firing them for ‘reporting in good faith.’” From the article:
“To me, this is completely over the top,” said Louis A. Clark, president of the Government Accountability Project, a group that promotes the defense of whistle-blowers. “It seems really, really unique.”
The trial started yesterday. We’ll keep you informed.