Del. board OKs consent deal on abortion doctor

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A doctor who performed abortions at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Wilmington has agreed to pay a $1,500 fine and receive a letter of reprimand to resolve a complaint by Delaware officials accusing him of negligence and incompetence.

The state Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline on Tuesday accepted a consent agreement between state officials and Dr. Timothy Liveright.

Liveright, whose Delaware medical license has lapsed, also reaffirmed in the consent agreement that he would not seek to practice medicine again in Delaware. Liveright, who is in his late 60s, still has an active license to practice medicine in Pennsylvania.

A complaint filed last year by the executive director of the board and the attorney general’s office said Liveright represented a “clear and immediate danger to the public.” It accused him of engaging in multiple acts of incompetence and negligence in performing abortions on five patients in February and March of last year.

Those acts included over-sedating patients, performing unnecessary suction procedures, causing at least one perforation during surgery, failing to properly administer oxygen and failing to act with due competence and diligence to avoid unnecessary complications resulting in patients requiring emergency hospital treatment.

In the consent agreement, Liveright admitted only that he failed to adequately document procedures and results in charts for three patients.

He also acknowledged that he had been reprimanded by Planned Parenthood in March 2012 for “unprofessional, disrespectful and inappropriate” conduct. According to the consent agreement, Liveright agreed to participate in sexual harassment training to resolve those issues.

The agreement says Liveright sent a letter to state officials last year saying he was retired from medical practice in Delaware and enclosing his license.

“The resolution reflects the improper medical practices of the respondent that were substantiated during the ongoing investigation and it was reached with his agreement to no longer practice medicine in Delaware,” said Joe Rogalsky, a spokesman for Attorney General Beau Biden.

Liveright could not be reached for comment.

Delaware officials filed the complaint against Liveright after the Planned Parenthood clinic in Wilmington was cited by public health officials for several unsafe and unsanitary practices.

The complaint was filed one day after state public health officials released an April 2013 letter to Planned Parenthood detailing several violations at the clinic, including expired supplies and improper handling and storage of supplies and equipment.

Planned Parenthood CEO Ruth Lytle-Barnaby said in a response letter to state officials last year that corrective actions had been taken.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com

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