Kermit B. Gosnell, whose medical conduct has resulted in two deaths, numerous lawsuits and the shuttering of his West Philadelphia abortion clinic, was temporarily suspended this afternoon by the Delaware Board of Medical Practice.
Gosnell's attorney and the state hammered out a consent agreement in which the 69-year-old physician agreed to the temporary suspension of his state medical license and license to distribute controlled substances, authorities said at a 2 p.m. meeting in Dover.
He waived his right to a board hearing within 60 days, but can request a hearing at any time and must receive it within 45 days.
The complaint against Gosnell was filed by the Delaware Department of Justice.
"Based upon the severity of the violations alleged in the complaint, and based upon the suspension of Dr. Gosnell's license in the state of Pennsylvania, we have concluded that the suspension of Dr. Gosnell's license to practice medicine in Delaware is necessary to protect the public until we can fully hear the matter," said Raymond L. Moore Sr., the president of the Board of Medical Practice.
Gosnell has already surrendered his medical license and has until Friday to turn over his license to distribute controlled substances, officials said.
The suspension in Delaware is the latest twist in a case that has been full of bizarre developments since the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided Gosnell's West Philly clinic, the Women's Medical Society, at 38th Street and Lancaster Avenue, on Feb. 18.
At the time, a law-enforcement source said, the agents were investigating the possibility that Gosnell was writing phony prescriptions.
What the agents found, authorities said, proved to be far worse: unsanitary office conditions and evidence that unlicensed employees were giving medications to patients.
State investigators said that one patient, Karnamaya Mongar, died after she was heavily medicated and had an abortion on Nov. 20.
Court records show that another patient, Semika Shirelle Shaw, died a day after she had an abortion at the clinic in 2000.