(We received this letter from a regular reader of Medical Miscreants)
Dear Mr. McDonald:
Would you be kind enough to post this letter I wrote to the editors of the Ocala Star Banner News:
I am deeply concerned with the privileged treatment physicians receive when they are the aggressors in felony cases.
The immediate focus of my concern is Dr. Alexis Touchton-Williams of Gainesville. On February 6 of this year Touchton-Williams is reported to have shot her ex-husband. She was arrested and charged with premeditated attempted first-degree murder. She is currently out on bond awaiting her trial.
According to the Florida Department of Health website, her license to practice psychiatry is free and clear. In fact, nowhere on the site does it even mention her felony charge.
How can it be possible that an individual can return to the privilege of treating the most vulnerable members of our society, and yet the body governing the physician’s licensure neither alerts nor informs the public. that this provider has been accused of being involved in a violent crime?
The secretive and protracted nature of the Department of Health review process is slanted toward protecting a physician’s image.
Virginia Hart, Tallahassee
Here’s the case: