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Duggal loses his medical license

Dr. Narinder Duggal of Poulsbo lost his medical license Feb. 13. - File photo
Dr. Narinder Duggal of Poulsbo lost his medical license Feb. 13.
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TUMWATER — Dr. Narinder Duggal of Poulsbo lost his medical license Feb. 13, after an investigation into allegations he failed to properly examine patients, overprescribed medication and made sexual advances toward patients.

The state Department of Health’s Medical Quality Assurance Commission conducted a public meeting on the morning of Feb. 13 to review a settlement agreement with Duggal. The settlement was accepted by the commission, and Duggal surrendered his medical license.

"A surrender is a permanent action," said Larry Berg, an attorney with the Medical Quality Assurance Commission. "There is no recourse or opportunity for reinstatement once a surrender has been given.

"It's a proposed settlement in form of an agreed order that provides for Duggal's surrender of his license. It has been signed by Dr. Duggal and his counsel, Thomas Olmstead."

Duggal's medical license was suspended in May after an investigation by the health department and the state Attorney General’s Office determined there was enough evidence to warrant a disciplinary hearing. The investigation was spurred by allegations made to the health department.

When his license was suspended, Duggal also surrendered his Drug Enforcement Agency registration, which allowed him to prescribe medication, to federal authorities. His practice, Liberty Bay Internal Medicine, closed.

A hearing for the case was scheduled for January, but it was canceled in light of the then-proposed settlement agreement. Duggal signed the settlement agreement in January, but soon petitioned the Health Department to withdraw his agreement. His petition was denied. With the acceptance of the commission, the settlement is now official.

 

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