Now this is an interesting negligence case. An estimated 33,000 people in Rhode Island have been left without medical records after Dr. Nomate Kpea, a dermatologist, left for Nigeria to run for political office — leaving their files in foreclosed properties in the state.
One would think that abandoning patients and reneging on contracts would be viewed bad way to start a career in public service. Kpea had offices in Warwick, Providence, North Smithfield, Newport and Narragansett. The health department found that he simply abandoned his clients without making any preparations for her continued care or files. They suspended his license but that still leaves patients with no records unless they can be retrieved from foreclosed properties.
His attorney, Michael Sarli, reportedly did not respond to messages.
The bank has the records but has to be cautious since such records are protected under federal laws. The bank is eager to get the records into proper hands.
Kpea has been previously charged with malpractice including substandard care that led to two patients having “various severe complications.”
Kpea ran as a senate candidate in the oil-rich Rivers state of the Action Congress of Nigeria, but won only 17 percent of the vote.
He could now face not just medical license proceedings but negligence actions from his former patients.