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News Story
5/20/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A proposed state ballot measure in California would require doctors to be randomly subjected to drug and alcohol testing. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/10PKfJP ) the "Pee in the Cup" initiative is being pushed by Bob Pack, a technology mogul and former executive at AOL Inc. and NetZero...
News Release
5/10/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The California Medical Board took four years to suspend the license of a Central Valley doctor who gave drugs and alcohol to minors, more evidence that doctors are unaccountable when they harm patients and the public in California, said Consumer Watchdog.   A Dinuba family medicine physician, Dr. Ronald Ruminson,...
News Release
5/8/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica & Danville, CA – California’s Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg told injured patients and their families gathered on the Capitol sidewalk last week that he would hold hearings into the state’s nearly 38-year-old cap on victims’ recovery. Jerry Brown signed the $250,000 cap on how much injured...
News Story
5/8/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
An initiative is in the works for the November 2014 ballot that seeks to repeal the $250,000 cap on damages in medical malpractice cases and overhaul the Medical Board of California. The measure is being drafted by Consumer Watchdog and the Troy and Alana Pack Foundation, a Danville-based nonprofit started after the Pack family lost their young...
News Story
5/7/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
An effort to lift the state's 38-year cap on medical malpractice lawsuit payouts through a 2014 ballot initiative may be little more than an attempt to pressure the state Legislature to act on the matter, according to capitol sources and critics of the proposal. But the coalition behind an as-of-yet unwritten ballot initiative says it intends...
Blog Post
5/3/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Since 1975 the value of everything has gone up, except the value of my son’s life under California law. Yesterday my son, Steven and I went to Sacramento to say “38 years is too late.” We announced a ballot initiative to create stronger patient safety laws and adjust this nearly 38 year-old law.  You can join our efforts by...
News Story
4/29/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Your privacy is being debated by lawmakers in Sacramento and Washington D.C., and there's a good chance you're going to lose out. In Congress, a poorly written bill could erode your privacy, while in the California Legislature, a good bill that would protect your privacy is coming under fierce attack. Internet companies -- including Google...
News Story
4/26/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Medical board is too slow to discipline physicians, some critics say Rancho Cordova doctor Wu-Hsiung Su misdiagnosed a lump in a patient's breast in 2003 and failed to follow up on her condition. She died from cancer in 2007. Her family filed a complaint with the Medical Board of California in 2008. Two years later, the agency filed a public...
News Story
4/26/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Legislators propose turning over investigations of doctors to the state attorney general's office, leaving the board to deal with licensing. The Medical Board of California would be stripped of its power to investigate physician misconduct under a sweeping reform plan by legislators who say the agency has struggled to hold problem doctors...
News Release
4/19/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA—The California Department of Motor Vehicles must enact regulations that protect safety and privacy in new regulations it is drafting that would cover Google’s driverless cars and other “autonomous vehicles” traveling on California’s highways.   SB 1298, signed into law last September, directs...