Alliance for Patient Safety

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

                                                                                                   Edmund Burke

Retaliation Against Physicians - Clark A. Morres, M.D.

Lawsuit alleges physician was fired for objecting to Maryland hospital's patient admission policy.

Maryland's Daily Record (1/9, Kearney) reports, "The former top doctor at an Eastern Shore hospital has filed a federal lawsuit against the facility and its business director, alleging he was fired for complaining about the patient admission policy she sanctioned." Dr. Clark A. Morres, who served as "medical director at the Deer's Head Hospital Center in Salisbury, Md., from July 2005 until February 2006, claims the chronic and long-term care institution regularly accepted patients from nearby Peninsula Regional Medical Center whose acute-care insurance benefits had run out but whose condition had not yet stabilized." He said that making this decision "overrode his medical judgment, wrongfully and to the detriment of many patients. " The suit, "filed last week in U.S. District Court in Baltimore," also alleges that Morres's "subsequent firing violated the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), which generally governs how and when patients can be refused care or transferred from one facility to another in unstable condition."