In a move that has raised concerns among health care experts, the Texas Legislature is moving to pass a bill that would make it a felony for physicians to intentionally inflict pain on patients.
The measure is expected to be introduced in the next legislative session and would take effect in two weeks.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Gov.
Greg Abbott said the bill is aimed at protecting physicians and patients from medical malcontent.
“We must protect our patients and the public from medical misconduct.
If we are going to protect Texans from doctors and other medical professionals who intentionally inflict harm on them, then the laws must be updated to include these types of actions, according to the Texas Medical Board,” the spokesperson said.
“Texas must also ensure that medical malpractices are held accountable by those who seek to harm them.
We must not allow this type of negligence to go unchallenged.”
Abbott has previously touted the bill as a way to prevent medical malcontents from hurting people.
He has said that he will sign the bill if it passes the Senate, but it will likely be vetoed by the governor, according in an op-ed published in the Lompoc Herald Tribune.
The Lubbocks bill is the first in the nation to include the term “medical malpractice” in the law.
It also has the support of some Republicans.
Sen. Jose Rodriquez, R-Bexar County, told the Lipscomb Daily News in an email that he supports the legislation, but has reservations about its language.
“I would like to see the law make it clear that doctors can be sued for malpractice for the acts of their employees and that they can also be sued if they intentionally inflict injury on a patient,” Rodriños letter said.
In an email, a spokeswoman for Abbott said he would not sign the legislation.
The spokesperson said Abbott would be happy to sign the measure if it was passed by the Texas Senate and signed by Abbott.
If Abbott signs the bill, it would likely be sent to Abbott’s desk by the Legislature’s Rules Committee.
The committee will have 90 days to review the bill and make a recommendation.
If Abbott vetoes the bill or the rules committee approves it, the bill will likely move forward in the legislature’s upper chamber, according a spokeswoman.
While medical malmisconduct is not covered under the Texas medical malactives act, it is a violation under the federal law known as the federal Civil Rights Act.
The Civil Rights act makes it a crime for a person to intentionally, knowingly or recklessly discriminate against a person because of their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, disability, genetic information, or sexual orientation.
The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a federal law that would have made it a federal crime to intentionally deprive a person of health care services.
That ruling was in 2009 when the court said that the act didn’t include any of the protections afforded under the law because the act wasn’t written to cover medical malformations.
In the meantime, doctors in Texas have been trying to convince the governor that the law should not be amended to cover their practices.
The Lubbons bill would have required doctors to be licensed and to undergo a background check for potential medical malprofessions, according the Leperscomb Daily Journal.