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Bakersfield and Tehachapi doctors facing accusations of negligence

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Posted at 9:24 AM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 12:24:13-04

Two doctors in Kern County have been accused of negligence and are potentially facing having their licenses revoked.

Doctor Arun Softa from Bakersfield was accused of repeated negligence towards his patients. Filed on August 13, he is also accused of failing to maintain accurate records of certain patients.

In one instance, from 2016 to 2018, Softa is accused of prescribing a 65-year-old patient "long-term narcotics...in combination with sedatives" without obtaining the patient's pain management contract or documenting review of a Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System report.

According to the accusation, Softa claimed to have a verbal pain management agreement with the patient but failed to document a written agreement in the patient's medical records.

The person that filed the accusation is asking for a hearing and for the Medical Board of California to revoke his license.

Dr. Softa has been a doctor for more than 25 years and has also been a part of the Adventist Health Physicians Network.

The second doctor is Susan Hall from Tehachapi. She is being accused of negligence and unprofessional conduct in her treatment of a baby who was later diagnosed and treated for meningitis and found to have permanent brain damage.

Her accusor also asking for a hearing and for her license to be revoked.

23ABC has reached out to both doctors for a comment but have not gotten a response.