Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners Sets a Whole New Level of Strictness

Remember Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN)?    He’s the doctor and pro-life Republican hypocrite who had affairs with at least two of his patients, was accused of pressuring one of those women into getting an abortion, and accused of providing the other one excess pain medication.  You know, this guy:

A pro-life, family-values congressman who worked as a doctor before winning election as a Tea Party-backed Republican had an affair with a patient and later pressured her to get an abortion, according to a phone call transcript obtained by The Huffington Post.

Yeah, this guy:

Obtained by the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the couple’s 2001 trial transcript also confirms DesJarlais had sexual relationships with at least two patients, three coworkers and a drug representative while he was chief of staff at Grandview Medical Center in Jasper, Tenn. During one affair with a female patient, DesJarlais prescribed her drugs, gave her an $875 watch and bought her a plane ticket to Las Vegas, records show.

Well, fret no longer, justice has now been carried out.  Yes folks, the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners have reached a decision on the complaint filed against DesJarlais by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, and the Board pulled no punches.  I have to say that as one of those people who were afraid he would get away with this with no punishment but a slap on the wrist, my fears were totally misplaced.  No wrist slap here…

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) was fined on Thursday in connection to inappropriate sexual affairs with his patients.

Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners hit the pro-life Republican and doctor with a $500 fine and reprimand. The medical ethics board held DesJarlais violated Tennessee law by having affairs with at least two woman while serving as their physician more than a decade ago.

“I take responsibility for past mistakes and am happy to get this resolved,” DesJarlais told The Tennessean.

Yep, no wrist slap.  Cause a 500 fucking dollar fine can not even qualify as a wrist slap.  More like a wink, a nudge, and a “boys will be boys, don’t get caught next time.”




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