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News Story
10/31/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO - Buoyed by a favorable ballot title and summary prepared by Attorney General Kamala Harris, backers of an initiative that would increase California's 38-year-old cap on medical malpractice awards are ready to gather signatures that could lead to a colossal political battle between doctors and attorneys next fall. The proposed...
Blog Post
10/28/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Yesterday, at the 10th memorial of my children’s death, we started a march to the ballot for patient safety.  I hope you will join us. My seven year old, Alana, and ten year old, Troy,  died because an addict got thousands of pills she never should have been prescribed since she had no physical symptoms. She fell asleep at the...
Blog Post
10/9/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Pilots, college athletes, bus drivers and Disneyland cast members all are subjected to mandatory drug testing, but not the doctor performing open heart surgery, or a vasectomy. Not yet. Substance abuse among doctor runs twice as high among doctors as the general population -- 18% of physicians according to the California Medical Board. It's...
Blog Post
9/27/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Governor Jerry Brown waited until late Friday to veto legislation requiring coroners to report to the medical board whenever narcotics cause deaths.  The medical establishment has opposed the bill, which is aimed at weeding out the small number of dangerous and drug dealing doctors who are responsible for the vast majority of prescription...
Blog Post
9/24/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
A drunk Orange County plastic surgeon reportedly disfigured at least a half dozen patients before losing his license. A Rocklin anesthesiologist was arrested for taking anesthesia through an extra IV line while administering it to a patient.  A meth-using doctor who was convicted of drug dealing will get his doctor's license back after a...
News Release
8/12/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Danville, CA – Bob Pack today wrote Dr. Paul Phinney, head of the California Medical Association, with hard words over Phinney’s refusal to acknowledge his family’s suffering and that of other medical negligence victims in his public response to Pack’s ballot measure, “The Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act....
Blog Post
5/30/2013
Posted by admin
Written by Alejandra Gonzelez-Chavez, Special to Consumer Watchdog My baby Mia died in a hospital at just 6 weeks of age from whooping cough in the middle of a whooping cough epidemic because doctors didn't give her a simple test. A 38-year-old law says her life is only worth $250,000 - that is the value of a child in California when they...
Video
5/22/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Patients usually are able to put their trust in medical professionals, but in the Bay Area some bad doctors are showing up with perfect records because the medical board that oversees them isn't doing its job.
Video
5/2/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Victims of medical negligence went to Sacramento Thursday to demand changes to a 38 year old law that has denied them justice and announced a ballot measure to lift a $250,000 cap on recovery set in 1975 by Governor Brown in his first term.
Blog Post
4/12/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Last month, at an emotional hearing in Sacramento and on the op-ed page of the San Francisco Chronicle, we called for the state agency that oversees doctors to become a stronger regulator or to go out of business.  The Legislature has to renew the doctor-run medical board every ten years, and that’s this year. Sacramento...