By Megan Hall
Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL
The Rhode Island Department of Health is disciplining two local doctors for unprofessional conduct.
Dr. Anthony Rocha, a primary care doctor in East Providence, received a reprimand for lying when a patient tested positive for cocaine during pre-employment drug screen. Rocha excused the result, saying it was caused by a topical solution containing the drug.
Health Department spokeswoman Annemarie Beardsworth says it's not clear why Rocha covered for his patient, but the reason doesn't matter.
"Giving a patient false statements to give to a potential employer definitely falls under the category of unprofessional conduct," she says.
Dr. William Lundy, a psychiatrist in Lincoln, surrendered his doctor's license for 5 years after he was accused of unprofessional conduct with patients. The investigation did not go into details about his behavior in an effort to avoid placing psychiatric patients under oath.
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