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News Release
5/21/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Danville, CA -- The father of a seven and ten year old killed by a drug addicted driver who received thousands of pills she should never have had called on the California Medical Association to apologize for calling the effort by families injured by medical negligence to tell their stories and seek stronger patient safety laws “an ill-fated...
News Story
5/20/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Drug testing for California doctors? They’re calling it the “Pee in the Cup’’ initiative — a proposed state ballot measure that would require doctors to be randomly subjected to drug and alcohol testing, the same way bus drivers are. It’s being pushed by a tech mogul who’s on a very personal crusade...
News Story
5/20/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A proposed state ballot measure in California would require doctors to be randomly subjected to drug and alcohol testing. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/10PKfJP ) the "Pee in the Cup" initiative is being pushed by Bob Pack, a technology mogul and former executive at AOL Inc. and NetZero...
News Release
5/10/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The California Medical Board took four years to suspend the license of a Central Valley doctor who gave drugs and alcohol to minors, more evidence that doctors are unaccountable when they harm patients and the public in California, said Consumer Watchdog.   A Dinuba family medicine physician, Dr. Ronald Ruminson,...
News Release
5/8/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica & Danville, CA – California’s Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg told injured patients and their families gathered on the Capitol sidewalk last week that he would hold hearings into the state’s nearly 38-year-old cap on victims’ recovery. Jerry Brown signed the $250,000 cap on how much injured...
News Story
5/7/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
An effort to lift the state's 38-year cap on medical malpractice lawsuit payouts through a 2014 ballot initiative may be little more than an attempt to pressure the state Legislature to act on the matter, according to capitol sources and critics of the proposal. But the coalition behind an as-of-yet unwritten ballot initiative says it intends...
News Story
5/3/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio segment of this radio broadcast.   State lawmakers are being lobbied to take a harder line on prescription drug abuse and the doctors who enable it. A number of bills attempt to address that problem -- but not the $250,000 cap on jury awards to victims of medical malpractice for pain and suffering. That was...
News Release
5/2/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA --- Family members and victims of medical negligence announced a patient safety ballot measure in front of the state Capitol that will lift a nearly 38-year-old cap on victims’ recovery signed by Governor Brown in 1975.   The “38 is too late” group challenged the Legislature to deal with the problem or...
News Story
5/2/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The coalition of consumer groups and trial lawyers is concerned that medical reform bills currently before the California Legislature will be weakened or killed. Fearing lawmakers may fail to pass a package of medical reform bills, a coalition of consumer groups and trial lawyers is mounting a campaign to put before voters an even more ambitious...