After PTSD probe, Army doctor suspended at Madigan

SEATTLE (AP) — A 15-year veteran Army doctor has been suspended for alleged problems with patient care, but the Dr. Russel Hicks says the suspension is for providing information on Madigan Army Medical Center's troubled PTSD diagnosis program to investigators.

The Seattle Times ( reports that the psychiatrist was suspended in January from his hospital duties because he allegedly practiced outside the scope of his clinical privileges and did not properly document patient records. During an initial investigation that could last a month or more, he must refrain from any diagnosis, prescriptions, charting or treatment

Hicks, in a letter to Madigan's credential's committee, said he believes the actions were in retaliation for information he offered Army investigators who last year examined diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at the hospital.

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