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Former NYSDOCCS physician claims he could not treat inmates adequately; files lawsuit

Dr. Michael Salvana has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision for being forced to resign after speaking about the poor medical practices in New York State.

Dr. Salvana was not allowed to prescribe certain medications to inmates though he felt they needed them, and after speaking out about it he was forced to resign.

His lawyer, Carlo de Oliveira Esq., says that inmates should not be receiving different medical care compared to any other person outside of a prison.


The policy causing Dr. Salvana to feel that he could not complete his job was the Department of Corrections’ Medications With Abuse Potential.

Dr. Salvana at one point was treating an inmate who had an issue of dehydration due to severe vomiting. When he prescribed his patient with medication to stop the vomiting it was denied. He requested the door be left unlocked in case the inmate choked on his vomit and that request was also denied. When he filed a complaint about it he was escorted outside the same day before being brought back in to speak with his supervisor.

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DOCCS maintains their claim that they give the same medical care to their inmates as members of the community would get as well as collaborating with NYSDOH regularly to learn the best ways to treat inmates.



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