Loss of medical accreditation
Other Names: Revocation of licence to practice medicine
Failure to renew health care accreditation
Nature: Doctors must be licensed to practice, and hospitals accredited to offer health services. Doctors must pass examinations and hospitals must undergo inspections before being licensed to operate.
Incidence: An American hospital lost its accreditation after amputating a patient's wrong leg, wrongly removing another patient from a ventilator, and undergoing a surprise inspection. The loss of its licence means that the hospital can no longer receive USA government funding, which accounted for about one third of its revenue.
Problem Type: G: Very specific problems
Date of last update 19.05.1999 – 00:00 CEST