After 40 malpractice cases and multiple complaints to the state, the Department of Health finally revoked the license of Dr. Robert Cattani, calling him an “imminent threat to the health and safety” of New Yorkers.
According to a Daily News article, Dr. Cattani’s incompetence resulted in injuries ranging from blindness to life threatening renal failure. Many patients blasted the DOH, complaining that the process of revoking Dr. Cattani’s license took too long.
Why is is that it took finding that the doctor was an “imminent threat” for the DOH to take action? When there are reports of a doctor turning EMS away when his patient is in kidney failure and losing blood shouldn’t that be a huge red flag to the DOH?
We have commented before on our concerns about the lack of oversight for the medical profession (see Prescription for Malpractice and Reduce Wrongs, Not Rights). Why is it that it took decades to protect the public from a doctor with 40 malpractice cases brought against him? What do you think?