Two pathologists have charged that Pap smear reports were routinely falsified at Magee-Women's Hospital in Pittsburgh and have sued the hospital and its parent, UPMC Health System. Most recently, Kenneth McCarty in a lawsuit filed in Pittsburgh Common Pleas Court on Jan. 21 alleged that shoddy practices and policies at the hospital led to misidentification of patients and mislabeling and that hospital officials intimidated and physically threatened doctors who raised concerns. UPMC officials said the laboratories at Magee meet and exceed all regulatory standards. "UPMC and Magee will not acquiesce to those individuals who are looking for a pot of gold at the end of a baseless and unfounded lawsuit," a UPMC spokeswoman said in a written statement. McCarty's lawsuit follows a Dec. 17, 2003, complaint by Susan Silver, who charged that at least thousands of reports carried the electronic signature of a pathologist, even though a pathologist had never read them, said the attorney representing both plaintiffs, Robert Daniels of Braverman Daniels Kaskey in Philadelphia. Hospital administrators subsequently tried to cover up the physicians' complaints, and Silver was terminated from her clinical and academic positions, Daniels said. Though McCarty's clinical privileges were revoked, he continues with his tenured academic position at the medical school. -- by Cinda Becker
Two docs sue Pa. hospital over Pap quality control
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