ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Governor Jay Nixon wants to strengthen the state board responsible for protecting patients from doctors.
Nixon's comments on Tuesday came after a St. Louis Post-Dispatch investigation found Missouri's regulation of doctors is among the most lax in the U.S. The Democratic governor told the newspaper that he will work with state lawmakers in 2011 to improve oversight.
Meanwhile, two members of a legislative committee that oversees licensing agencies say their top priority for the coming session will be to fix the system of disciplining doctors.
The Post-Dispatch investigation found that doctors who provide substandard care often continue to practice with no public reprimand.
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