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Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act

News Story
3/31/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
(Reuters) - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer endorsed a proposed California ballot initiative on Monday to raise the state's cap on medical malpractice awards, the first salvo in a political fight between lawyers backing the measure and doctors who oppose it. Consumer advocates in the most populous U.S. state submitted signatures last week to place...
News Release
3/31/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
Los Angeles, CA -- United States Senator Barbara Boxer has endorsed the Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act, a pending California ballot measure to modernize California’s patient safety laws.  The Pack Act promotes justice for patients and legal deterrence to wrongdoing by adjusting the state's malpractice cap to account for 38...
Video
3/30/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Is drug testing of doctors actually needed? An NBC Reality Check segment takes a closer look at a new measure aiming to curb drug and alcohol abuse by those you trust most. California doctors are not subject to random drug testing, however physicians are regularly being reprimanded with disciplinary action for abuse problems and impairment on the...
News Story
3/26/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Driven around Oakland lately, and noticed anything, well, large and troubling? That would be a billboard at 22nd Street, almost at Grand, boldly declaring that 2 in 10 doctors will be alcohol or drug impaired, with a toll-free number to report suspected abusers. Say what? That’s 20 percent. And what does “will be … impaired...
Video
3/25/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Supporters of the bill also spoke at the conference to announce 830,000 signatures, including one man whose father entered a vegetative state after an alleged alcoholic cardiologist walked out mid-surgery to go to lunch. "Nearly one in five doctors, 18 percent of doctors, have a substance abuse problem during their careers," said Jamie...
Video
3/25/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Several relatives of those who died as a result of medical malpractice tearfully recalled their experience at press conference Monday while holding photographs of their lost loved ones. Supporters of the bill also spoke at the conference to announce 830,000 signatures, including one man whose father entered a vegetative state after an alleged...
News Story
3/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The first serious kerfuffle to confront a newly inaugurated Gov. Jerry Brown in 1975 was a crisis – whether real or contrived is still being debated – over medical malpractice insurance. Doctors and insurers complained that outrageously high damage awards, especially in obstetrics cases, were making insurance unaffordable and demanded...
News Story
3/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
NORWALK >> Thousands of signatures on a controversial ballot initiative that would raise the malpractice cap on California’s negligent doctors were delivered to the Los Angeles County Clerk’s Office Monday. Standing behind piles of boxes filled with signature slips outside the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk building in Norwalk,...
News Story
3/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog and bereaved parents who lost two children to medical negligence turned in 840,000 signatures Monday to qualify an initiative for the November ballot that would raise the $250,000 state cap on damages for pain and suffering to more than $1 million. Proponents need 504,760 verified signatures to land the measure on the Nov. 5...
News Story
3/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A Danville couple who lost two children to a drunken and drugged driver joined other victims of medical negligence on Monday to deliver signatures for a ballot measure partly aimed at curbing "doctor shopping" for prescription pills. Bob and Carmen Pack, whose 10-year-old son Troy and 7-year-old daughter Alana died in 2003, appeared at...