Lawmaker Seeks Ban on Intoxicated Doctoring

7 years 7 months 6 days ago Thursday, February 17 2011 Feb 17, 2011 Thursday, February 17, 2011 5:42:00 AM CST February 17, 2011 in Continuous News
Source: Associated Press
By: Stacey Welsh

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A Missouri House member wants to make it a crime for doctors to practice medicine while intoxicated. Legislation by Republican Vicki Schneider, of O'Fallon, would make it a Class B misdemeanor to perform surgery or a medical procedure on a patient while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The doctor would face up to six months in jail.

An intoxicated doctor who physically injures the patient during surgery or a medical procedure could be charged with a Class C felony, punishable by up to seven years in prison. Schneider's bill was introduced Wednesday. It does not specify a blood alcohol level at which a doctor would be considered intoxicated.

 

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