Mar 14, 2014 2:40 PM by Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) - A tightening of procedures used by Arizona regulators who license doctors to practice medicine in the state has resulted in a backlog of hundreds of applications.
According to The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/1gqa6mC ), processing that took an average of 11 days a year ago now takes an average of 61 days, producing a backlog of more than 700 applications.
The longer wait times result from new Arizona Medical Board policies that require by-the-book checks of applications, including each applicant's credentials.
The board revamped its licensing procedures after the state Auditor General's Office reported that applications weren't receiving all the scrutiny required by state law.
The resulting uproar led to several staff changes, including the dismissal of then-Executive Director Lisa Wynn.
Now there's criticism that the delays make it hard to attract additional doctors to Arizona.