No Decision Reached Involving Doctor's Practice in Rankin

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

RANKIN- It is still unkown if the only doctor in Rankin will continue his practice in the small West Texas community.

On Monday night, the hospital board met with the Doctor and residents who say the board is not doing enough to keep the Doctor.

The board did decide to come up with a new contract to create better working conditions.

Residents in Rankin tell us Doctor Paul McLean is the best doctor they've ever had, but there have been numerous complaints filed with the state against him by the nurses at the hospital.  

McLean's wife, Shirley, says all the complaints have been dismissed, but it's cost them $30,000, and she says that might force them to leave town if the board doesn't fire the nurses causing all the trouble.  

The board meeting soured for Interim Hospital Administrator Brent Wrinkle who was reprimanded by the board for not informing the doctor or law enforcement that 20 hydrocodone pills went missing.

As far as McLean's working relationship with the hospital nurses, the board hopes a contract may improve the situation.