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Legislative Proposal Would Require Doctors Undergo Criminal Background Check

October 30th, 2014 by WCBC Radio

The Maryland Board of Physicians is expected to discuss a legislative proposal next week that would require doctors to undergo criminal background checks before being licensed to practice in the state and periodically thereafter. The Baltimore Sun reports the board began developing the proposal this summer after it was revealed that a western Maryland doctor had been practicing in the state for nearly two decades despite having previously served a prison sentence for raping a woman at gunpoint. While other professionals —including nurses, social workers, therapists and mortuary drivers — are subject to background checks in Maryland, doctors aren't.  The issue was brought to light when Dr. William Dando, a former family practitioner in Catonsville, was accused of sexually assaulting a patient at an urgent care center near Cumberland. Allegany County prosecutors dropped the charges against Dando as his trial was scheduled to begin last month, because he agreed to surrender his medical license.  Local attorney Ed Delaney represented the alledged victim in the latest case againt Dando, and he told WCBC News that its stunning that the state of Maryland has not previously conducted thorough background checks on physicians…


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