Doctor discipline inches up but still off 14% from peak

My lede:

State medical boards across the country took 60 more disciplinary actions against physicians in 2008 than they did in 2007. That increase — less than 1% — was not enough to silence critics who argue the boards are not doing enough to protect patients from bad doctors.

State medical board officials said staffing levels and funding affect a medical board’s ability to address complaints against physicians quickly and fairly.

The whole shebang.