Receptionist: Unlicensed doc fled Pa. clinic raid

AP News
Posted: Apr 11, 2013 5:10 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A medical receptionist says an unlicensed doctor fled out a back door the night of an FBI raid on a Philadelphia clinic.

Witness Tina Baldwin has testified Thursday at the trial of abortion provider Kermit Gosnell and unlicensed doctor Eileen O'Neill. Gosnell is charged with killing a patient and seven babies, while O'Neill is charged with billing as a doctor.

Baldwin says O'Neill cared about the elderly patients she saw for high blood pressure and diabetes problems. But she says O'Neill wrote prescriptions on a pre-signed pad, even when Gosnell was not working.

On cross-examination, she acknowledged Gosnell often stopped at the clinic on days off. The defense hopes to suggest Gosnell could have authorized the prescriptions.

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Baldwin also says that O'Neill called her just after the February 2010 clinic raid to say she had slipped out the back.