Story last updated at 2:58 p.m. Thursday, October 10, 2002

Surgeon suspension wrong
Do you know who your local general surgeons are at our hospital? We had two. It is my understanding that only one of our surgeons is certified by the American Board of Surgeons, Dr. Paul Sayer (reference, American Board of Surgery Inc., Philadelphia, 215 568-4000). And yet, Dr. Paul Sayer has just been handed a politically inspired 60-day suspension by our local hospital operating board for reasons -- they aren't saying -- that have nothing to do with his medical competence.

How many of your lives or the lives of your family or loved ones has he saved? How many surgical blunders of others has he salvaged. Ask the hospital who has had the least infections following surgery in recent history.

When you sort through the details, I think you'll come to agree with me that it boils down to personal agenda of the current administrator. May I encourage each to call the current administrator, hospital operating board ("operating" as in business operations, not surgical operations) and the hospital service area board members who we just voted in and get this suspension immediately lifted.

The board members are good people being led as if with a ring through their noses in a foul deed.

Stanley W. Welles