Missing Links Show Up In National Practitioner Data Bank

February 26th, 2010 - 9:03 pm ICT by GD  

By Madhuri Dey
natWashington, Feb 26, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The National Practitioner Data Bank has recently come under fire for discrepancies which glare out of its tracksheets. The National Practitioner Data Bank has been in existence for the past twenty years, and was brought into use in order to enlist the names of those medical practitioners who have had to deal with some legal issue or the other. The entire endeavor had been undertaken with the intention of making treatment safer for patients, and ensuring that they never fall in the wrong hands. However, at a point of time when the government is about to present the new database, the Data Bank is showing some huge loopholes in its format.

The number one problem that can be seen in the National Practitioner Data Bank is that it does not include crucial information about many of the disciplinary actions that have been taken by the houses against their practitioners, something that goes grossly against the strict orders of the White House. A few days back, the White House had ordered a data acquisition regarding any offense committed by a medical practitioner in any part of the country.

This step was to be taken in order to ensure that those licensed medical practitioners do not manage to get work after they cross the border of the state. However, the plethora of cases that are not included in the report is alarming. According to a spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Public Health, the agency was not aware of the fact that it had to include the cases of Emergency Medical Technicians in the report, revealing gross negligence on the part of the agencies.

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