Doctor who treated Florida eye patients for two weeks in the hospital says he’s done a ‘very good job’
The doctor who treated the Florida eye doctors in a hospital emergency room for two days in January was fired after he was caught using an IV for himself, the state’s Department of Health said on Tuesday.
Dr. Robert P. McPherson, who was in charge of the Florida Eye Clinic in Winter Haven, Florida, said he was fired for violating the state Health Department’s code of ethics in January after the hospital was closed for two consecutive days due to an infection, the department said.
The Florida Eye clinic closed on January 6 after a woman’s husband tested positive for the coronavirus.
McPhertson was fired in January and said he had a heart condition that was making him unable to perform as well as he could, according to the department.
“As of this writing, he is no longer employed by the Florida Department of State Health Services,” the department stated.
As of January 20, the Florida department had not released the results of a full medical exam.
According to the state health department, McPherson had been an employee since 2009.
A hospital spokesperson told Business Insider that the Florida State Medical Board suspended McPheredson pending the results from a full physical exam, which would be completed by a private company.
McPheredson has since been hired as an administrative supervisor at the Department of Emergency Medicine, the Department said.
“I am extremely disappointed and deeply saddened by the news and deeply sorry to the entire Florida emergency medicine community for my actions that violated the ethics of my profession,” he said in a statement.
“I have since resigned from the Department.
I am also requesting that my termination from my position be reversed, and I am currently seeking employment as a physician.
I will continue to work in the emergency department until all of the facts are known.”
Florida State Medical School spokesman John Oster told Business the school does not comment on individual cases.
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