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.

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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.

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“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.

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