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News Release
7/17/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – The U.S. Senate committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions holds a hearing today to investigate failures in patient safety and the estimated 440,000 deaths that occur in hospitals every year due to preventable medical errors. A landmark California initiative on the November 2014 ballot addresses the patient safety...
News Release
7/16/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – A new investigative report by KGTV, the ABC affiliate in San Diego, reported on the California Medical Board’s failure to police negligent doctors, like former Chargers team physician Dr. David Chao. KGTV previously reported that Dr. Chao, a known substance-abuser, could be responsible for the May 2012 suicide of...
News Story
6/19/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Many jobs in the construction industry require workers to undergo drug testing, and the same is true for other blue-collar positions ranging from truck drivers to forklift operators.   Jonathan Nackstrand, AFP/File A nurse prepares a kit for drug addicts at a needle exchange facility located at St Goeran's hospital...
News Story
6/16/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
We trust doctors with our lives. They’re supposed to take care of us. But physicians are only human. Government studies indicate at least 100,000 doctors — or about one in 10 currently working — is addicted to drugs or alcohol. Some are performing surgeries while stoned, injuring and even killing unsuspecting patients, according...
News Story
6/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Each year, 440,000 Americans die from medical negligence. It’s the third leading cause of preventable death, behind only heart disease and cancer. A big cause of these preventable deaths is doctors recklessly prescribing opioid narcotics. Two weeks ago, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckus took on this problem by suing five of the...
News Story
5/26/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The measure would also require random drug and alcohol testing of physicians.   A wide-ranging initiative that includes raising the limit on pain and suffering damages in medical malpractice lawsuits and requiring random drug and alcohol testing of doctors has qualified for the November ballot, Secretary of State Debra...
Video
5/18/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
More than 840,000 voter signatures turned in by consumer advocates and families victimized by medical negligence have qualified a landmark patient safety ballot measure for the November 2014 California ballot, according to the Secretary of State's office. Voters will have a chance then to enact the Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act and...
News Story
5/18/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
If anyone should know how to steer clear of cures that are worse than the disease, it's doctors. That's why it seems so odd — on the surface — that the California Medical Assn. would sponsor a bill to re-create a drug- and alcohol-treatment program for physicians that has failed miserably in the past. It's when you look...
News Story
5/16/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
On Thursday, a measure that would alter California law to increase the limits on medical malpractice compensation to about $1.1 million and mandate random drug testing for doctors in the state qualified for the November ballot, the Los Angeles Times' "PolitiCal" reports (Mason, "PolitiCal," Los Angeles Times, 5/15). The...
News Story
5/16/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California in November will vote on whether to raise a four-decade-old cap on medical malpractice awards to $1.1 million, from $250,000, officials said on Thursday, likely ensuring a bitter and costly fight between lawyers backing the measure and doctors who oppose it. Representatives of patients have tried for at least...