Florida hospitals won a temporary reprieve from a constitutional amendment banning doctors with more than two malpractice findings against them from practicing in the state. State Circuit Court Judge Janet Ferris in Leon County blocked the amendment through Florida's upcoming legislative session, which ends in May. Florida Hospital, Orlando, and the Florida Hospital Association had argued they could not implement the amendment without clarification from the Legislature or courts. "We need interpretation, we need guidance; otherwise, we're going to have chaos," said Richard Morrison, Florida Hospital's vice president for governmental and regulatory affairs. The ballot initiative for the amendment was approved by 71% of voters. A hearing is set for Thursday on a separate suit brought by hospitals to halt a constitutional amendment increasing public access to medical-errors information. -- by Melanie Evans
Fla. hospitals win delay of malpractice amendment
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