Kent Nebel, legal counsel for IBME, said state law prohibits the board from providing public notice of investigations prior to the issuance of a statement of charges.
"That is not in the patient's, the public's, best interest," Nebel
said, noting that changes in the law have been proposed to legislators.Meanwhile, he
said, a doctor is suing the state in Polk County District Court, claiming it is inappropriate for any information to be made public about investigations by the board until after a final disposition of a doctor's case is made.
"We would like to put the public on notice," Nebel
said the medical board does prioritize incompetency cases, but that in Mullangi's case, the charges did not involve "deaths or serious harm."
could not say whether any restrictions had been placed on Mullangi's
ability to perform surgery at GRMC
, Hayes said Mullangi
does remain on staff.His
status will be subject to review when the state medical board makes a ruling in his
case. The IBME
investigates all patient death cases, and has a copy of Klein's autopsy report.Citing confidentiality rules about ongoing investigations, Nebel
would not say whether the Shannan case had been added to the case against Mullangi
or would be pursued at a later date.