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10/02/05

Controversy Surrounding Certification Of Out Of State Doctors

This free medical clinic run by the city of D'Iberville is open seven days a week.

However on this Sunday they have no doctor on duty, but still plenty of patients.

"We see anywhere from 100 to 200 patients a day," says volunteer EMT Tami Dollar of Florida.

And even on days when doctors are here, some have been ordered not see patients. 

"We had 3 doctors from Augusta come down and the state of Mississippi wouldn't let them practice," adds Dollar. "They were here for a week and did absolutely nothing."

Leaving only these volunteer nurses to care for D'Ibervilles homeless and carless walking wounded.

"We have to do what little we can do in our scope of nursing training which is basic first aid and say sorry, we don't have a doctor to see you," says Bev Squibb of Lamar Missouri. "It breaks you heart."

Most of the nurses, like Suzanne Weir of Philadelphia Pennsylvania found their way around the red tape through church and community based groups.

"It's extremely frustrating because it very time limited for us," says Weir. "We get down here. We see the devastation and after you get over your initial shock and quiet frankly crying over watching what's going on down here you don't want to leave."

And they don't want to leave the bureaucratic ailments that keep doctors in the waiting room untreated either.

"We have doctors that are willing to come in and work and bring medicines and everything but the state of Mississippi has informed us that they're not allowed to come in because they're not licensed in the state of Mississippi," says Dollar. "If they're licensed in another state I don't know why they can't be licensed in the state of Mississippi temporarily without a 30 day wait period."

A simple remedy to what they consider a critical yet easily treatable condition.

Attempts to contact the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure were unsuccessful.

By: Don Culpepper

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