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News Story
10/24/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment.   Exide Technologies is suing the California Department of Public Health to obtain more data about the sources of lead contamination around its former battery recycling plant in Vernon. The state is pushing back, arguing that releasing the information would threaten the...
News Release
2/18/2015
Posted by MIchael Kapp
SANTA MONICA, CA: The nonprofit Consumer Watchdog called upon Governor Jerry Brown and government regulators to audit ten hospitals that the California Department of Public Health issued $700,000 in fines for adverse events that caused serious injury or death to patients. The fines, ranging from $50,000 to $100,000 per hospital, are not large...
News Story
2/18/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The advocacy nonprofit organization Consumer Watchdog is calling for government officials to audit ten California hospitals recently fined for errors that placed their patients in “immediate jeopardy” of serious injury or death, including John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital. The California Department of Public Health last week penalized...
News Story
11/28/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
"Follow the money" is the rule in politics for figuring out the real reason something not quite logical is happening.     It appears to apply as well to the overdrugging of California foster youths, based on the latest in Bay Area News Group reporter Karen de Sá's ongoing series, "Drugging Our Kids" --...
News Story
11/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Following an investigative report on medical errors at California hospitals, Consumer Watchdog sent a letter urging Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to audit the state's hospitals for such adverse events, FierceHealthcare reports (Budryk, FierceHealthcare, 11/24). Background An NBC Bay Area investigative report that found California hospitals in the last...
News Release
11/25/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA: Following an ABC News 10 investigation into over a thousand adverse events reported in 42 northern Central Valley hospitals, Consumer Watchdog reiterated its call on Governor Brown and state health regulators to audit hospitals for failures to report many instances of patient harm and for full public disclosure of these events....
News Story
11/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A watchdog group called on California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to audit hospitals for medical errors in the wake of a local news report that found details on such events are not readily available. In a letter released last week, Consumer Watchdog told Brown, California Health and Human Services Secretary Diane Dooley and Department of Public Health...
News Story
11/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Scrutiny of doctors who prescribe psychotropic drugs to California foster children intensified Monday, with growing calls for regulators to consider whether financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies may be driving the excessive use of medication. Drugging Our Kids Read the Bay Area News Group investigation about psychiatric drugs...
News Release
11/21/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA: Following a report that thousands of medical errors were reported by California’s hospitals in the last four years, Consumer Watchdog called on Governor Brown and state health regulators to audit hospitals for failures to report many instances of patient harm and for full public disclosure of these events. “…...
News Story
3/13/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The family of Jahi McMath and their attorney lashed out Thursday at a state report concluding that Children's Hospital Oakland complied with medical regulatory standards in its handling of the young girl's case. Critics of the hospital questioned the thoroughness of the report, conducted by the state Department of Health, discussing for...