Alliance for Patient Safety

                            All that is necessary for the triumph of evil...
                                                                ... is for good men to do nothing.

                                                                                                   Edmund Burke

Retaliation Against John Brannigan, M.D.

Dr. John Brannigan was an OB/GYN at Memorial Hospital Los Banos. Upon arrival at the hospital, he observed that the standard of care provided to the patients was substandard. There was a lack of trained nurses, with no competency validation. There was a lack of supplies and staffing.

For instance:

Dr. Brannigan had to perform a C-Section without general anesthesia, due to the aforementioned issues. There was only one anesthesiologist that covered the entire hospital, thus, if she was unavailable, the lives of the mother and child were in jeopardy. A nurse could not read a fetal heart monitor, and this almost resulted in morbidity.

After complaining internally became futile, Dr. Brannigan went to the California Department of Health. They conducted 2 unannounced visits and Dr. Branniganís complaints were corroborated.

The hospital pulled his medical charts and alleged that he was negligent in 15 of 16 cases !

The peer review was a sham.

The 805 report of the hospital to the Medical Board of California lead to the suspension of Dr. Branniganís license. He no longer practices medicine.

At the request of the hospital attorneys, The Medical Board Investigator came to trial to assist them. The Investigator even amended an allegation during trial in a attempt to influence the jury.

Because he had run out of money. Dr. Brannigan was not able to afford any longer an attorney or expert for the Medical Board hearing.

Jeffrey A. Rager, Esq.
Attorney for Dr. Brannigan, 2/23/2009

On June 20, 2008, a jury ordered the hospital to pay Dr. Brannigan over $2 Million.

Brannigan v. Los Banos Memorial Hospital, Merced, CA

Read Article from Merced Sun-Star - 6/20/2008