A New York doctor's refusal to perform brain surgery on a patient already under anesthesia – whose scheduled surgeon had failed to show up – has led the state health department to file violations against a Long Island hospital.
Officials say the 14 citations could bring fines of $2,000 for each infraction.
North Shore University Hospital-Long Island Jewish Medical Center suspended both surgeons and one of them later retired. The patient later had the surgery.
North Shore spokesman Terry Lynam says the hospital disagrees with some of the findings. He says it has since addressed what he called a breakdown in communication over the cancellation of the surgery in April.
The hospital has until Oct. 2 to give the state a plan of correction.