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'Least effective legislator' Scott Randolph scores victory over powerful doctor lobby



The man Speaker Dean Cannon just called "one of the least effective" legislators in the House, Scott Randolph, D-Orlando, scored a major win today by stripping a medical malpractice bill of a provision that would have allowed defendant doctors to interview plaintiff's other physicians without notice.

Randolph ran a hand-written amendment on behalf of another Democrat, Rep. Elaine Scwhartz of Hollywood, through the Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee. It passed 8-6 with the support of three Republicans. The Buzz is the "Yes" votes included attorney Republicans Greg Steube, Richard Corcoran and Jose Diaz. (We watched video from the meeting, but could not hear all the votes).

"Imagine someone being able to speak to your doctor about your condition without ever telling you," Randolph told members about the measures proposed in HB 479.

The bill would restrict out-of-state expert witnesses in malpractice cases, as well as shield hospitals from liability in some cases when errors are caused by contracted physicians.

Under current law, defendant doctors and their attorneys can interview the plaintiff's other doctors only if the plaintiff agrees. But that rarely happens.

[Last modified: Friday, April 8, 2011 4:21pm]


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