Health Commissioner Suspends New Jersey Physician

Albany, NY, (August 31, 2007) - State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., has used his emergency powers to summarily suspend the New York license of a New Jersey physician, Surinder Paul Singh, M.D., precluding him from practicing medicine in New York or any other jurisdiction where that practice is predicated on a valid New York State medical license.

Commissioner Daines acted after Dr. Singh pled guilty on or about November 28, 2006, in New York Supreme Court to Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, in violation of New York Penal Law Section 155.35, a class D felony. Dr. Singh, who lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, was sentenced to five years probation.

Dr. Singh admitted to stealing $100,000 by fraudulently billing the Medicaid program for services not rendered. Dr. Singh was a solo practitioner with offices at 27-29 East 124th Street, New York.

Under New York Public Health Law Section 230(12)(b) the Commissioner of Health may summarily suspend a physician's license when he has pleaded or been found guilty or convicted of committing an act constituting a felony under New York State Law.

A hearing on the Department of Health charges has been scheduled for October 17th, 2007. Information about disciplinary actions taken against physicians licensed in New York State is available on the State Health Department's Web site at www.health.ny.gov.