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News Story
3/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Ballot measure to lift pain, suffering cap set to clear signature hurdle SACRAMENTO - In addition to lobbying lawmakers, tort lawyers last year threatened they'd turn to voters to raise the cap on medical malpractice suite payouts. Some observers initially greeted the move as a bluff, but as time wore on, it became increasingly clear that...
Video
3/22/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Supporters on Monday are expected to submit more than 800,000 signatures to put the medical reform measure, which would also require doctors to submit to drug tests and make it harder for prescription drug abusers to get their pills, on the November ballot. Consumer Watchdog's Jamie Court told KCAL9's Dave Bryan that doctors just don'...
News Release
3/14/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Officials with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services called for random drug testing of doctors in an opinion piece in the New York Times Thursday. The first law in the nation requiring random drug testing of physicians will be considered by California voters as part of a patient safety initiative headed for...
News Release
3/13/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Californians should have the same right as Floridians to equal protection under the law in cases of medical negligence, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign today after the Florida Supreme Court ruled the state’s cap on medical negligence damages is unconstitutional.  Signatures will be turned in beginning next week...
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...
News Story
3/12/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The following Op-Ed commentary was published Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in The New York Times. ------------ PEOPLE go to hospitals to get well. We all know that medical care involves risks, but what patients don’t expect is that the doctors, nurses and other staff members charged with their care may deliberately cause them harm. As an...
News Story
3/11/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The biggest drug problem in the United States is not the one we think we have: illegal drugs. It is drugs prescribed by doctors. On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder properly focused attention on the sharp rise in heroin deaths, noting that “addiction to heroin and other opiates, including certain prescription pain-killers, is...
News Release
3/7/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- A California ballot initiative that has garnered more than 800,000 signatures from voters addresses a study published this week in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association that finds doctors are the biggest suppliers for chronic prescription drug abusers. The Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act requires...
Blog Post
3/6/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
It's unbelievable.  A heart surgeon, who is practicing today, has a history of walking out on patients in the middle of open heart surgeries, according to a hospital administrator who filed a whistleblower lawsuit. The lawsuit follows a state report which found that a 72 year old patient is in a persistent vegetative state after the...
Video
3/6/2014
Posted by admin
Some tragedies at hospitals might be unavoidable, but a mother and father who lost their 21 month old daughter at Children's Hospital Oakland say it's what happened after their daughter's death that has continued to torment them. The parents of Morgan Westhoff say they've continued to receive mail and other communication from the...