On Thursday March 14, 2013, history was made in Hartford, CT. Aspects of the longstanding CT State action against Connecticut Dr. Charles Ray Jones were brought before the Connecticut Supreme Court.
History of Dr. Jones’ Case
Dr Jones was disciplined by the CT State Medical Board which reprimanded him, fined him, and placed him on probation. The case involved Lyme disease in two out-of-state children. He appealed the proceedings of the medical board to the Superior Court which upheld his appeal in part.
Dr. Jones Attorney, Elliott B. Pollack, argued the position before the CT Supreme Court that doctors being brought before the Connecticut State Medical Board on charges─ which can severely impact their career should have the evidence against them be brought to a higher level than is now required, that higher level the “clear and convincing” standard. He argued that the standards used in discipline against doctors and lawyers should be at the same level, since actions of lawyers could have almost the same impact on lives as the action of doctors. If one argues that doctors’ actions have higher level of impact, then how can one hold them to a lower standard in medical disciplinary proceedings.
LDA President Pat Smith was in attendance at the proceedings as were several other Lyme disease community leader representatives. According to Ms. Smith, “the outcome of today’s proceedings could have a positive impact on the lives of tens of thousands of Lyme disease victims nationwide. But just the fact that the case made it to the CT Supreme Court, which only hears 3-7% of cases brought before it, is a positive outcome which shows there is merit to the arguments made by Attorney Pollack.”
She continued, “After reviewing disciplinary actions against physicians nationwide and attending the State hearings against Dr. Jones, I can say that what has happened to him over the past 10 years and to other doctors is a travesty in which, in my opinion, justice has taken a back seat to the bias of vested interest.