Nevada Governor Urged To Keep Doctors On Medical Board

LAS VEGAS (AP) - U.S. Sen. John Ensign and former Gov. Kenny
Guinn have urged Gov. Gibbons - a fellow Republican - to reconsider
his move to force three doctors off the state Board of Medical

Ensign and Guinn say they think Drs. Javaid Anwar, Sohail Anjum and Daniel McBride should remain on the board, despite their ties to the owner of a Las Vegas clinic at the heart of a regional health scare.

The three doctors have recused themselves from an inquiry into the hepatitis C outbreak at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada. Each doctor has ties to the center's majority owner, Dr. Dipak Desai.

Gibbons has called for the three doctors to resign, saying the recusals aren't enough.

Ensign says he thinks politics is overtaking medicine in the handling of the health scare and Gibbons should form an interim medical committee to handle matters involving the clinic.

Guinn says he thinks the standards the governor is calling for could lead to a constant turnover in membership of state boards and commissions, as well as to unqualified appointees.

Gibbons' spokesman Ben Kieckhefer says the governor still is seeking the resignations of the three doctors because he thinks the board needs to deliberate as a whole on the matter.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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