LAS VEGAS (AP) - A trustee in the bankruptcy cases involving medical clinics at the center of a Las Vegas hepatitis outbreak has gotten a court order compelling a physician to answer questions in the cases.
If Dr. Dipak Desai abides by the court order before a scheduled Aug. 24 creditors' meeting, it will mark the first time Desai answered any questions revolving around the clinics named in patient lawsuits.
But Desai's bankruptcy lawyer says Desai may not be able to answer questions due to a stroke he suffered last year.
Desai was a key figure at three Nevada clinics, all of which filed last week for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
Health officials found staff members at two clinics reused vials of anesthetic and failed to clean equipment properly. Nine hepatitis C cases were definitively linked to the clinics.
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