State suspends Issaquah physician’s license

September 17, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 5:13 p.m. Sept. 17, 2009

State officials suspended the medical license of Issaquah physician Elizabeth Bennett today.

Authorities said the suspension related to drug abuse. State Department of Health spokesman Gordon MacCracken could not provide further details.

“Patient safety is the issue,” MacCracken said after the state Medical Quality Assurance Commission announced it would suspend the license of Bennett, a family practitioner.

The suspension was effective immediately. Bennett cannot practice as a physician until the issue is resolved. She has 20 days to respond the commission.

Appointed by the governor, the 19-member commission consists of physicians, physician assistants and citizens from across Washington. Members regulate the competency and quality of medical professionals licensed to practice medicine and surgery, according to a description provided by the governor’s office.

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