Rohlfing got his job back in November 2009, but medical supervisors decided he still was not ready to treat patients. Instead, he was put on records duty. He is also in a retraining program designed to "evaluate clinical skills and provide feedback to the physician and the employer," Kincaid said.
The receiver believed that decisions by the Personnel Board were being based on an overly strict reading of state service rules, not on what might be best for patients, and successfully petitioned the court to order the board to hire outside medical experts for help with future cases.
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Chronicle of problems
California prison doctor Jeffrey Rohlfing, who collected $777,423 from the state last year, has a troubled history:
1996: Placed on five years' probation by state medical board following psychiatric problems
2000: Still on probation, begins limited work at High Desert State Prison