650 – Dr Jones’ lawsuit
http://lymetimes.org/archives/LT32.PDF and click on Page 5.
claim that TBDs are easy to treat, easy to diagnose and hard to get will be emboldened to target other docs who are helping people with TBDs, leaving thousands of people without any hope or chance of getting the medical care they need to live any kind of decent quality of life.
Currently, there are two separate and distinct cases against me (Dr Jones). The original case is under appeal, and the second case pertains to a new set of charges regarding a different set of patients:
First (legal) case
I was brought up on a series of charges pertaining to two children from one family in Nevada, whose parents were involved in a post-divorce decree custody dispute. In its decision last December, 2007, the Connecticut Medical Examining Board (CMEB) imposed the following sanctions against me: a $10,000 fine, a reprimand and probation for two years. I did not lose my license to practice medicine.
The most dangerous part of that decision was really not the sanctions that were brought against me personally, but a newly formulated four part test (or standard of care), introduced at the very end of the proceedings. The test said that any patient with a) non-specific symptoms, b) a non-specific history, c) who lives in an area of low endemicity, and d) has a negative test for Lyme disease could not be diagnosed with Lyme.
Left unopposed, this test would set a very dangerous precedent, and could be used against other doctors to shut down the treatment of chronic Lyme disease. Furthermore, by introducing it at the end of the proceedings, my legal team had been denied any opportunity to challenge or oppose it. It clearly had to be appealed.
Board Drops Plans For More Sanctions Against Lyme Disease Doctor
From the Hartford Courant (07-20-2010):
In March, the Connecticut Medical Examining Board ordered Dr. Charles Ray Jones to find a physician to monitor his practice, part of a disciplinary order that also included placing his license on probation for four years and a $10,000 fine. The order gave Jones 30 days to find a monitor, but as of last month, he had not found one. In response, medical board members raised the possibility of imposing additional penalties and scheduled a hearing on the matter.