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Medical Board to appeal ruling on physician's role in executions

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RALEIGH (AP) -- The state Medical Board will appeal a judge's decision that the panel overstepped its authority by threatening to punish physicians for participating in executions. The board's policy effectively triggered a moratorium on the state's death penalty. North Carolina has not executed a condemned inmate since August 2006. The ruling issued last month by Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens also said executions are not medical procedures. Board spokeswoman Dena Konkel says the board isn't commenting further on its decision. The board is meeting this week in Raleigh. (Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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The State Medical Board is out of line

They have absolutely no legal authority to punish or sanction any doctor who is assisting in an activity that is perfectly legal under state and federal law. Perhaps they should get back to the basics, and ascertain why 85% of all drug-resistant staph infections can be traced back to hospital stays, and medical professionals not washing their hands often enough before treating patients?