Submitted by Carmen Balber on Mon, 02/27/2017 - 09:42
Four years ago, state lawmakers delivered a scathing indictment of the Medical Board of California for failing in its primary mission: patient protection. Physician oversight remains broken four years after that legislative “sunset review” committee threatened to shut down the Medical Board if it did not improve patient protection. Consumer Watchdog testifies at the sunset review hearing today and will call for the Board to be disbanded if it cannot improve.
Submitted by Carmen Balber on Mon, 02/06/2017 - 17:11
The Medical Board of California should soon have to answer for its failure to properly investigate accusations that a doctor's negligence harmed or killed a patient.
It would be unthinkable to decide the merits of a rape case without collecting evidence and interviewing both the victim and the accused. It is equally inconceivable that the Medical Board would close a complaint involving potentially life-threatening negligence after a medical expert gets only the doctor’s side of the story. Yet that appears to be the outcome of too many patient complaints to the Board.
Submitted by Carmen Balber on Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:04
UPDATE Saturday May 9 -- Those watching Friday's Medical Board meeting from home can be excused for coming away thinking they are champions of patient safety. Members said so often enough. But true to form, the Board stuck with doctors' interests when they voted to support SB 1177 and take a neutral if amended stance on SB 1033.
Submitted by Eddie Barrera on Wed, 02/24/2016 - 15:02
If California lawmakers plan to move forward with creating a state-sponsored "diversion program" for treating substance-abusing doctors, it should not be a secret country club for addicted doctors who want to hide from the consequences.
Submitted by Eddie Barrera on Fri, 10/30/2015 - 18:00
At one time, the California Medical Board had a "diversion program" that allowed physicians caught abusing drugs and alcohol to choose a secret rehab program to avoid discipline. And the same addicted doctors used this program. Over and over again. All it did was protect bad doctors and harm their patients, which is why it was thankfully abolished nearly eight years ago.
Submitted by Eddie Barrera on Fri, 10/30/2015 - 09:19
If your doctor had fondled a female patient, should they have to tell you when you have an appointment? What about if they had a substance abuse problem? What about if they had been caught chasing a person down the street with a hatchet? Who wouldn't want to be clearly informed of these major violations (aside from the California Medical Association)