WPR News
9:03 pm
Tue March 1, 2005

Sen. Scott: Medical Review Panel Useless

Cheyenne, Wy – After making several changes to the bill, including limiting the admissibility of evidence in medical malpractice cases, the state Senate approved the bill setting up a medical review panel. The admissibility issue was the heart of the debate. The Senate had originally supported making all evidence from the review panel admissible in any trial. Senator Charles Scott argued that is the only way to weed out cases. But the Senate change leaves admissibility up to judges. Senator Scott says the bill is now useless and predicts that doctors will start leaving the state in force. Tom Jubin of the Wyoming Trial Lawyers association says the state needs to look at some other reforms, but he still thinks the review panel will be useful. He says experts will still get to review malpractice cases, which will weed some of them out.