First of all let me tel you that I am not in favour of any profession exploiting any individual.
as for doctors held liable for criminal negligence, it's still possible if the specialist board accepts that it was gross negligence. As my personal experience the criminal cases against a doctor is mostly to harass him and extort money.
some people will say that specialist board will never give a opinion of gross negligence being a same profession, well i believe they will understand the circumstances under which the problem arised better in their verdict.
Also on side note i believe that if doctors can be held criminal liable then lawyers should also be held criminal liable for the cases where they loose due to any unobserved fact/ negligence leading to death panelty or life imprisonment of a individual, What if it is later reversed by higher court ,or another lawyer was proficient more to detect the anomalies but the family has suffered for years till then? is it that the judge himself is responsible for such criminal liablity as he was not able to see the facts correctly and so the individual and his family suffered?????????
what I want to say here is that there should be a lee way space for every profession to work comfortably. If lawyers are abused by criminal cases against them they will stop taking such case, if doctors are harasses unnecessarily they will avoid taking such cases. There are always bad elements in any profession who look everything thru the hole in money but every one is not like that. If a death occours in hospital it does not mean everytime a doctor is criminally liable for it.
I again say branding a particular set of professionals as bad or corrupt is not acceptable just because few