St. Peter & # 39; s Health of Helena, Montana, was recently hit by a class action lawsuit for "unresolved absence of oncologist Dr. Tom Weiner". The lawsuit, filed Friday by attorney John Doubek of Doubek, Pyfer & Storrar of Helena in Lewis and Clark District Court, said Weiner "resigned / removed his position as Tonya Hauck's treating oncologist and escorted him from the building late last month " has been. Huack is listed as a plaintiff in the case along with others similarly affected.
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The lawsuit also alleges that Weiner's absence "caused undue stress to Weiner's patients and that the hospital failed to fulfill its duty to patients." After Weiner's sudden absence Wade Johnson, CEO of St. Peter said the following:
"The circumstances surrounding Dr. Weiner's absence are private and confidential, so St. Peter is not legally permitted to provide further information."
Since then, the hospital has issued a statement affirming that the circumstances surrounding Weiner's leave of absence will remain private and confidential. It should be noted that the website still lists Weiner as a "Member of St. Peter & # 39; s Medical Group" and says he is admitting new patients.
The lawsuit argues that "no patients were consulted prior to Weiner's absence". It is further alleged that St. Peter named "a doctor who will provide basic care for his patients". Additionally, the hospital's patient guide advocates a patient's right to know who is caring for them when receiving medical attention.
As a result of Weiner's absence, his patients had to postpone important appointments and life-saving treatments. Some of the patients argue that "every few visits, new doctors are appointed who are unfamiliar with their care plans". It is also alleged that the unexplained absence of the doctor "has resulted in gaps in patient care, inadequate care because the other doctors are unfamiliar with the patient's conditions, and stress and anxiety during an already stressful time in the patient's life . "
As a result, plaintiffs accuse the hospital of "negligent interference in doctor-patient relationships, illicit interference in doctor-patient relationships, willful interference in potential doctor-patient relationships, malicious dealings with patients and negligent infliction of emotional stress on patients," According to the suit.
On Monday, the hospital made the following statement:
“As we shared earlier, patient care remains a top priority and our cancer treatment center continues to care for patients. Three board certified oncologists carefully evaluate each patient's care to ensure they are receiving the most effective treatments. While priority is given to patients with the most urgent needs, all patients will have appointments for these assessments soon. "
Complaint filed for inexplicable absence of the Helena doctor
The Montana healthcare system has been sued for the oncologist's sudden absence