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Washington Doctor Suspended For Negligent Treatment Of ER Patients

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A Seattle medical doctor's license has been immediately suspended in response to charges that he failed to treat or appropriately treat four patients in the Pend Oreille County hospital emergency room where he was working.

The immediate action, called a summary suspension, means George Mathew (MD00033873) cannot practice medicine pending the outcome of a hearing. The Medical Quality Assurance Commission and the Washington State Department of Health issued the suspension.

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The hospital where Mathew practiced also suspended his privileges immediately, based on incompetence, negligence, and potential malpractice.

Charging documents are available by calling 360-236-4700, or online by clicking the link to "Provider Credential Search" on the Department of Health's home page.

In order to immediately suspend a practitioner's license, the commission and the health department must have evidence that demonstrates the practitioner's conduct puts patients in immediate danger. A summary suspension is the strongest, most immediate action possible.

The Medical Quality Assurance Commission protects and promotes public health, safety, and welfare in Washington by regulating the competency and quality of doctors. The commission develops rules, policies, and procedures to promote delivery of safe health care to state residents.