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Health & wellness

Audit finds doctors’ criminal cases are underreported

Mass. board requires data for oversight role

Massachusetts courts routinely fail to report doctors facing criminal charges to the board that oversees physician discipline, sometimes leaving regulators and the public in the dark, a state audit released Tuesday found.

State courts reported just two doctors to the Board of Registration in Medicine between 2002 and 2012, the audit found. But when state Auditor Suzanne Bump’s staff searched criminal records, it found 84 active physicians during the same period with felony or serious misdemeanor convictions, or “continuations without a finding.’’

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