Lap Band Deaths Prompt Demand for Outpatient Clinic Inspections
a KPCC report.
Critics are calling for surprise inspections of physician-owned facilities between certifications. Accreditation inspections by appointment every three years are not sufficient to pinpoint sub-standard clinic conditions, they said.
"It's the kind of safeguard the public would want to have," said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of the Los Angeles County Health Department. "It would make clear to everybody that they've really paid attention to patient safety issues, which are really critical."
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