Dr. Christopher S. Driskill, one of the few OB/GYNs in Hobbs, New Mexico, was appreciated by many of his patients and admired by his colleagues. But the New York Times reports that Driskill now faces serious allegations, from drinking on the job to failing to show up at a delivery because he was sleeping with another patient at the time, and his license has been suspended as a result. The New Mexico Medical Board confronted Driskill with the accusations, which also include neglecting other patients who were in labor and writing "inappropriate notations of a personal nature into certain patient medical charts," but as of last week, the prosecutor for the board reached an agreement with Driskill that could allow him to start practicing again if it's approved by the board next month.
The drama has been the talk of the town—and beyond. Cosmopolitan theorized in a headline, "This Might Be the Worst Doctor Ever," and Britain's Daily Mail, not surprisingly, covered the salacious story from a continent away. The story "had me wondering if he was drunk on the job when he did my three kids," says one Hobbs resident. The trouble started when Driskill, 42, who is married with four kids, was fired from Premier OB/GYN in August for allegedly being intoxicated while working and keeping a "personal cache of alcohol" in his office, as well as allegedly sleeping with patients. But the claims seem strange to people like Dr. Jose Garcia, a pediatrician who's worked closely with Driskill and who says he's a "health nut" whom Garcia has never seen drink at social gatherings. No criminal charges have been filed. (Click to read a happier story about a surprise baby's delivery.)