The Food and Drug Administration is charged with ensuring public safety from potentially harmful foods, medications and medical devices. Now, it is proposing additional oversight of certain laboratory testing in an effort to reduce the numbers of misdiagnoses than have been blamed on inaccurate test results. There may be some Massachusetts patients who were harmed by faulty or inaccurate results.
No matter one's social or economic background, every patient here in Massachusetts and everywhere else deserves the same care and diligence when it comes to serious health problems. Unfortunately, patients who are currently incarcerated do not have the option of seeking their own trusted medical care providers and must place their lives in the hands of the staff that the penal system has under contract. While the majority of these medical practitioners exercise the same care regardless of who their patients are, there was a recent incident where a surgical error has placed a man's health in jeopardy.
Doctors spend years studying in order to provide expert, quality care for their future patients. However, they are human and are capable of making serious mistakes. These mistakes may take many forms, including a failure to diagnose, which can lead to serious consequences for the patients who trust them. Understandably, patients in Massachusetts could also fall victim to these errors.