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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 3:48 pm

About the finest doctor I know is Dr. Prem Salhotra! My husband and I have been seeing Dr. Salhotra for over 30 years. He has saved our lives many times in the past years. He has always acted in a professional manner. He would tell us to come into his office to check us before any medicine was given. I know a lot of his patients and they too love him. I do not care who you are, you always get a couple of disgruntled patients who wish to harm you. One reason we stay here is because of Dr Salhotra. We will never find a more compassionate and wonderful person as Dr. Salhotra. Dr. Salhotra will always be my handsome little dude. To even consider to take his license away, you will hurt many good people who go to him and love him.

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  • Josh posted at 10:37 am on Sat, Feb 3, 2018.

    Josh Posts: 263

    he 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.

  • yuccavalley711 posted at 6:31 pm on Wed, Jan 24, 2018.

    yuccavalley711 Posts: 19

    Once again, I see it this way: Say I am a doctor... say I see 100 patients, so out of those 100 (probably more) patients only 2 (or was it 4??) have negative complaints & take the trouble to complain to the Medical Board. Well, yes that might be a good reason to send him a warning... but to write in the LOCAL newspaper that this doctor is liable for malpractice SERIOUSLY gives him a bad reputation, to the extent of making his present patients uncomfortable! Reading about the medical issues presented in regard to these complaining clients, it might seem that only an opioid substance could alleviate their issues. Good doctors do not like their patients to suffer so I imagine that many GOOD doctors might prescribe opioids to patients who have too many issues to allow a quick healing. Now some of these very doctors are being BLAMED for the opioid crisis! Whereas the pharmaceutical companies, who manufacture opioid medicine, fail to warn doctors on the dangers of possible side effects of these drugs. Put the blame where the blame belongs!

  • TwoToeJoe posted at 5:36 pm on Wed, Jan 24, 2018.

    TwoToeJoe Posts: 486

    I never knew hard work and investment in a community could ever be considered a problem. I guess the solution is to see fewer patients and stop investing. Sounds reasonable. I would disagree. The Morongo Basin is not a magnet for either the medical profession nor investors.

  • idavidgraficks posted at 12:10 pm on Wed, Jan 24, 2018.

    idavidgraficks Posts: 1259

    TTJ, I'm not as two-dimensional as you make me to be (environmental activist). I know clients of Dr. Salhotra, both longtime (still) and shortime Ex-clients. He seems to treat his longtime clients (longer than a decade) with more sensitivity than the more recent clients. He does handle a lot of Medical clients (bless him on that) but the problem is: to make more money on Medical patients - the doctors office overbooks timewise and make the clients wait for hours and then the meeting is brief and a little too curt for some.
    As far as 'Land Baron', many medical professionals (doctors and dentists) in the Morongo basin make property investments and some even get on Town Councils and local water boards. Dr. Salhotra has many land holdings in the Morongo basin.
    I was head of the Joshua Tree Municipal Advisory Council Land Use Committee for seven years (2006-12), I saw several permits taken by Dr. Salhotra involving the Valero gas station/convenience store and more recent 600 sq ft Subway addition in downtown Joshua Tree. Dr. Salhotra also has the old/new KMart renovation complex now known as the Town Center Mall.
    My guess (my opinion only) is that Dr. Salhotra has increased his MediCal client pass-through in service to his land investments and that becomes a problem. I have no information on the official medical complaints lodged or the credibility of the complainers.

  • TwoToeJoe posted at 11:09 am on Thu, Jan 18, 2018.

    TwoToeJoe Posts: 486

    Personally I do not know if Dr. Salhotra is a competent or incompetent Doctor. He may be the local "MEDICAL BARON" but I would definitely would not accuse him of the bigger crime of "LAND BARON". The two cases mentioned by the medical board and local media to investigate Dr. Salhotra may or may not be enough evidence to prove general malpractice and incompetence but it definitely would add credence towards the individual claims in order to increase settlement payments. It does appear Dr. Salhotra is popular with his clients and I would assume popular towards those who would like to gain from the payouts made possible from malpractice lawsuits. The LTE's written in support of Dr. Salhotra could be in response from those who have benefited from his practice instead of simply implying it may be a devious "campaign". It amuses me when environmental activist cry foul with false "off topic" claims and then use actual "off topic" accusations to display their true dark and deep seeded hatred. We all know who the true "LAND BARONS" are and certainly know that accusation does not pertain in a medical malpractice topic.

  • idavidgraficks posted at 6:45 pm on Wed, Jan 17, 2018.

    idavidgraficks Posts: 1259

    Looks like Dr. Salhotra is a popular/unpopular guy. Looks like a LTE campaign is in the works. This Morongo Basin LAND BARON can always just retire and collect rent.

  • Josh posted at 5:05 pm on Wed, Jan 17, 2018.

    Josh Posts: 263

    Apparently not everyone shares this view , including medical board .

    By Jenna Hunt The Desert Trail | 1 comment

    YUCCA VALLEY — Dr. Prem Parkash Salhotra is facing accusations from the California Medical Board, which launched an investigation last year.

    An accusation filed Dec. 14, 2017, lists four allegations against the doctor: repeated negligent acts, gross negligence, failure to maintain adequate and adequate medical records and unprofessional conduct.

    They revolve around his treatment of two patients who were prescribed medicines for conditions ranging from chronic pain to schizophrenia.


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