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Feature
3/26/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
Tina Minasian - Sacramento, CA California for years allowed doctors who were arrested for drug and alcohol infractions, including DUI, to conceal these arrests from patients. Such doctors, even if convicted, entered a “diversion” program that allowed them to keep practicing even if they violated the terms of the five-year program, and...
Feature
3/26/2014
Posted by Judy Dugan
Quin Murphy - Chula Vista, CA Quin Murphy at 16 was a soccer fanatic, with a family who supported him, coached him, even went on trips with him to watch favorite teams. In 2010, all of that ended. Quin and his family fell into a four-month tragedy of medical bumbling that caused Quin intractable pain and ultimately killed him. Dozens of emergency...
News Release
8/15/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Fifteen women and mothers whose lives have been devastated by medical negligence wrote to the CEOs of Planned Parenthood today asking them to reverse a position that is devastating to women’s health and access to justice in California. The letter asked the CEOs to reverse their position on a proposed ballot measure...
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
5/21/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Danville resident Bob Pack is on a mission to make random drug and alcohol testing of doctors mandatory, as pilots, bus drivers and even Wal-Mart employees already have to do. Bob lost his seven and ten year old children to a drug addict who fell asleep at the wheel because doctors and the state’s largest HMO, Kaiser, gave her thousands of...
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...