Board of Medicine criticized for inaction on convicted doc | News
New Port Richey, Florida -- State Senator Mike Fasano (R-Pasco) blasted the Florida Board of Medicine for allowing Dr. Gunwalt Dhaliwal to continue to practice medicine, calling it "outrageous."
The Pasco doctor has been the subject of several 10 News investigations and is out of jail after serving eight days of a 10-day sentence on simple battery for fondling a woman's breasts.
What Senator Fasano finds outrageous is the fact that since 1999, former patients and employees have accused Dr. Dhaliwal of fondling their breasts. But his license is still clear and active, and the Board of Medicine has not stepped in.
The Medical Board can't claim Dhaliwal is the target of unfounded allegations, especially since he left jail Wednesday and has been ordered to pay an $800,000 judgment following a trial and conviction.
Fasano believes it is unconscionable that the Board of Medicine hasn't done anything about Dhaliwal's license, which means it is now business as usual while he awaits his next trial on more charges he fondled women's breasts.
"When a physician -- a medical doctor that people have trust in -- violates that trust, breaks the law and commits a crime... that license should be suspended at the minimum, and revoked completely in my mind, never allowing him or her to practice medicine in the State of Florida," said Fasano.
The victims share in that hope, but they have lost faith in the Board of Medicine, which has known about these allegations for more than five years and still allows him to practice.
Dr. Dhaliwal has appealed the $800,000 judgment against him. He is scheduled to go to trial on more criminal charges in November and another civil trial is scheduled following that one.