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Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 5:39 pm

In regards to your article (“Doctor faces accusations from medical board,” Jan. 11). We have been patients of Dr. P. Salhotra for 18 years. You better take a look at some of the other doctors in town. The allegations you and the so-called Medical Board made are way out of your leagues. Tell the readers of your paper why does Dr. Salhotra receive all of these awards. He is not only the best doctor in town, but also a friend you can trust.

Remember, he is the doctor, not you.

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  • R U Forreal posted at 6:19 am on Thu, Feb 8, 2018.

    R U Forreal Posts: 136

    Hey BBB, try this address. Found it online.

    He is a very good doctor. Also he's not the only one who has been accused of wrong doing by patients who, lets say, weren't treated the way they wanted to be, thinking they know more than the doctor. [whistling] [beam]

  • BBB posted at 7:32 pm on Sat, Feb 3, 2018.

    BBB Posts: 218

    Gee, can't seem to find the original article about the Salhotra investigation that ran in the Desert Trail to review. I don't believe the story ever appeared in printed Star edition or online. This is a horrible policy, that leaves readers and viewers of both papers confused and uninformed. It's the paper's duty to shed light on local issues, not suppress them.

    The real story here is the lack of mental health facilities and mental health professionals in the basin. As I recall, Dr. Salhotra, for a number of years was prescribing psych meds to a schizophrenic patient who wasn't receiving ongoing treatment from a psychiatrist? In the past year the Star has run press releases and articles about Salhotra's decision to ween a number of his patients off pain meds. This would indicate he was already under pressure and under scrutiny by the state. Unfortunately it appears this faithful and hardworking doctor get behind in paper work, as well as failing to refer a patient to a doctor for specialized treatment. Long term use of psych meds will bring on a host of side effects that will need to be dealt with at some point.

  • Josh posted at 10:36 am on Sat, Feb 3, 2018.

    Josh Posts: 263

    you are WRONG!!!!

    State medical boards work to protect the public’s health and safety through the proper licensing, disciplining and regulation of physicians. The 70 state medical boards in the United States and its territories license and discipline allopathic and osteopathic physicians and, in some jurisdictions, other health care professionals..

    The Medical Practice Act defines unprofessional conduct in each state. Although laws vary from state to state, some examples of unprofessional conduct include the following:

    Physician abuse of a patient
    Inadequate record keeping
    Failing to meet the standard of care
    Prescribing drugs in excess or without legitimate reason
    Failing to meet continuing medical education requirements
    Conviction of a felony
    Delegating the practice of medicine to an unlicensed individual
    Minor fee disagreements and poor customer service are not considered unprofessional conduct.

    He had to have done at least ONE of the above to get investigated.
    Just be thankful you dodged the bullet.


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