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1/24/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Consumer Watchdog launched a billboard publicizing a new toll-free hotline, 1-844-DOCS-DUI, calling on the public and physicians to report suspected drug and alcohol abuse by doctors. "The California Medical Board has estimated that 18% of doctors will have a drug or alcohol problem during their careers, yet California has no system to...
News Release
1/24/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
Oakland, CA – Consumer Watchdog launched a billboard publicizing a new toll-free hotline,    1-844-DOCS-DUI, calling on the public and physicians to report suspected drug and alcohol abuse by doctors.  A woman harmed by her physician, who found out only later that the doctor had an alcohol abuse problem, called for...
News Story
1/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog Billboard OAKLAND, Calif. — A Bay Area woman says she went to plastic surgeon Brian R. West for a tummy tuck but left disfigured and in pain.  Later 48-year-old Tina Minasian learned Dr. West was drunk. "I was angry at first but I was more angry, and outraged when it turns out I wasn't the only victim,...
Video
1/20/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
"The California Medical Board has estimated that 18% of doctors will have a drug or alcohol problem during their careers, yet California has no system to identify doctors who abuse substances. This hotline will give the public a place to report concerns about impaired doctors to protect patients and save lives," said Carmen Balber,...
News Story
1/12/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The following Op-Ed Commentary was published in the Sacramento Bee on Sunday, January 12, 2014. ----------------- No political consultant sees more angles than Richie Ross, but his tangent opposing two pro-consumer ballot initiatives, which could turn 2014 into the Year of the Patient, is unsound geometry (“Voters can’t avoid health...
News Story
1/6/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The following Op-Ed commentary was published in the San Francisco Chronicle on Monday, January 6, 2014. -------------- A child checks into the hospital and something goes terribly wrong. Within the first few days, the family is given a grim prognosis and pressured to turn off life support. This happens more often than you think in California...
News Story
1/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Should damages for pain and suffering in a medical malpractice case be capped at $250,000? To write a letter, go to sacbee.com/sendletter. Or comment on our Facebook page at facebook.com/sacramentobee. Jahi McMath could be any parent’s daughter. The 13-year-old eighth-grader went into Children’s Hospital in...
News Story
12/19/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
OAKLAND -- A family still outraged by a routine surgery that left a 13-year-old girl brain dead now says hospital officials have refused to release the girl's medical records to them -- a charge hospital officials dispute -- and a consumer advocacy group is calling for criminal and medical investigations to assess fault in the girl's death...
News Release
12/18/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – After learning that the hospital where a 13-year-old girl is on life support after routine tonsil-removal surgery has refused to release her medical records to the family, Consumer Watchdog today called on the California Attorney General, Alameda County District Attorney and California Medical Board to take over the...
News Story
12/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The American College of Physicians yesterday published a position paper in a medical journal that supports mandatory reporting of all prescription-drug dispensing -- a requirement that was stricken at the last minute from a California bill passed last legislative session. Yesterday's article in the Annals of Internal Medicine said...