TALLAHASSEE (CBS4) – If you have a University of Miami doctor at Jackson Memorial who commits malpractice, the Florida Legislature has one word for you, tough.
Wednesday, the Florida House approved a bill to shield UM doctors from liability when they treat patients at Jackson Memorial Hospital. The bill had already unanimously passed the Senate on Tuesday.READ MORE: ‘I Know What That Pain Feels Like’: Parkland Parents Heartbroken After School Shooting In Michigan
The bill grants sovereign immunity to UM doctors working at the publicly financed teaching hospital. The sovereign immunity limits liability in malpractice cases to $200,000.
Typically, sovereign immunity is reserved for government agencies, but supporters said the wide range of services provided at Jackson benefits the entire state.READ MORE: Miami Art Week Kicks Off With VIP Party
“This is not a Miami-Dade County issue,” said Rep. Jeanette Nunez, R-Miami. “This is, indeed, a state of Florida issue.”
The bill now heads to Governor Rick Scott’s desk and will likely be signed into law.MORE NEWS: ‘Camping In A Glamorous Way’: Hollywood Condo Residents Keep Chins Up After Fire Leaves Them In The Dark
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