Dr. Anna Konopka stands in entrance of her workplace, Nov. 2 in New London, New Hampshire. —Michael Casey / AP
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire decide has denied an 84-year-old physician’s request to regain her license to follow, which she had surrendered partly over her incapacity to make use of a pc.
The state challenged Dr. Anna Konopka’s report conserving, prescribing practices and medical choice making. It stated her restricted pc expertise stop her from utilizing the state’s obligatory digital drug monitoring program, which requires prescribers of opioids to register in an effort cut back overdoses.
Konopka surrendered her license in October, however later requested permission to proceed her follow. New Hampshire Public Radio reported Monday that Merrimack Superior Court docket Choose John Kissinger dominated Nov. 15 that she failed to point out she was compelled to surrender her license as she alleged.
Dr. Anna Konopka is greeted by Barbara McKelvy following a Nov. three emergency court docket listening to about Konopka’s license in Harmony, New Hampshire. —Geoff Forester / The Harmony Monitor through AP, Pool
Konopka has requested the decide to rethink his choice on Wednesday. He hasn’t responded but, so she nonetheless can’t see the 20 to 25 sufferers per week as she as soon as did.
“I’m not upset about something. The authorized system is a sport. You progress. They transfer. It’s filled with methods and completely different actions,” she stated.
“I’m preventing. Subsequently so long as I’m preventing, I’ve some hope,” she added.
Konopka doesn’t have a pc in her workplace and doesn’t know methods to use one. Two file cupboards in a tiny ready room inside a 160-year-old clapboard home maintain most of her affected person information. The one signal of expertise within the ready room is a landline phone on her desk.
Dr. Anna Konopka consoles her former affected person, Amanda Bulliner, after the Nov. three emergency court docket listening to. —Geoff Forester / The Harmony Monitor through AP, Pool
Based on the state, the allegations towards Konopka began with a grievance about her remedy of a 7-year-old affected person with bronchial asthma. She’s been accused of leaving dosing ranges of 1 treatment as much as the mother and father and failing to deal with the affected person with every day inhaled steroids. Konopka, who agreed to a board reprimand in Could, stated she by no means harmed the affected person and the boy’s mom disregarded her directions.
4 extra complaints have since been filed towards Konopka. The board in September voted to maneuver ahead with a disciplinary listening to on these complaints. However earlier than the listening to was held, Konopka agreed in to surrender her license — one thing she stated she was compelled to do.
Konopka has constructed a loyal following in New London, inhabitants four,400, and surrounding cities as a result of she brings a private contact that’s engaging to sufferers weary of battling huge hospitals and inattentive medical doctors. She usually attracts sufferers who’ve run out of choices, many with difficult circumstances, similar to persistent ache. She additionally attracts sufferers who don’t have any insurance coverage and little means to pay. She takes anybody prepared to pay her $50 in money — making it troublesome for her to afford a nurse, secretary or a lawyer to deal with her case, she stated.
Thirty of Konopka’s sufferers have written Kissinger hoping to persuade him to rethink his ruling.