Greased Legislative Attempt To Shield Drunk And High Doctors Passes Assembly Committee, Decried By Consumer Watchdog
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – A suspension of legislative rules in the Assembly allowed a bill introduced five days ago to divert drunk and high doctors from discipline to confidential treatment to pass the Assembly Business, Professions, and Consumer Protections Committee today. The author of AB 2346, Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez, refused to...
Watch Tina Minasian testify to the California Assembly Business Professions, and Consumer Protections Committee today on AB 2346 (Gonzalez-D), which would divert drunk and high doctors from discipline to confidential treatment. Ms. Minasian, of Roseville, CA, was harmed by her physician when a botched surgery left her maimed and in years of pain....
Consumer Watchdog Calls on Governor and Attorney General to Investigate Potential Conflicts of Interest at Public University Hospitals to Ensure Doctors’ Personal Financial Ties Don’t Interfere With Patient Safety
CONTACT Jamie Court & Michael Kapp
SANTA MONICA, CA – After UCLA settled a whistleblower case for $10 million in which accusations of conflicts of interest between doctors and the medical device industry were ignored, Californians deserve an independent investigation to ensure that patients are not harmed when UC financial interests conflict with transparency in patient care...
The University of California Board of Regents agreed to pay the former chair of UCLA’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery $10 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit. Dr. Robert Pedowitz, 54, sued UC regents and numerous UCLA doctors in 2012, claiming he suffered retaliation after making serious allegations about undisclosed money doctors...
Consumer Watchdog Campaign: California Ballot Initiative Will Enact Nation’s First Law Requiring Random Drug Testing Of Physicians
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – A USA Today report finds that 103,000 medical professionals are abusing prescription drugs every year, yet most of the addicted doctors are never caught and place their patients at risk. California will be the first state in the nation to require random drug testing of doctors if voters approve an initiative measure that...
Doctors Fighting Physician Accountability to Public Get Paid Millions By Public Via Medicare; Most Dangerous Docs Lead Pack
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Leaders of the California Medical Association, who are fighting a ballot measure to increase public accountability for dangerous doctors, received nearly $5 million from taxpayers in Medicare payments, according to data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. A database at the New York Times...
A lawsuit brought by the family of Maria de Jesus Arroyo alleges that the 80-year-old grandmother woke in the morgue after being declared dead at White Memorial Medical Center. She struggled to escape before finally freezing to death, according to a pathologist who reviewed the case. In cases of negligence not involving wage loss or ongoing...
Consumer Watchdog Campaign: Family Of Woman Frozen Alive At White Memorial Medical Center Will Be Victimized A Second Time By California Malpractice Cap
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – In another case of medical negligence almost too gruesome to believe, a hospital accused of letting a patient freeze to death in the morgue will never be held fully accountable because of a 38-year-old cap on malpractice damages in California. The cap that limits accountability for negligence in cases involving the death...
By Mark Reback
Mara Douglas - Bonita, CA Mara Douglas was a devout Catholic, admired in her community for her selflessness and generosity of spirit. After raising three children, she was doting on her two grandchildren. Then her world collapsed. She fell into a medical nightmare and died of pancreatic cancer on January 26, just four months after her diagnosis....
Consumer Watchdog Campaign: Not An April Fools' Joke: Groups Call On Medical Board to Disclose Names of 2,000 California Doctors With A Current Substance Abuse Problem
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Bob Pack
SANTA MONICA, CA – The proponent of a ballot measure that would require doctors to undergo random drug testing called on the California Medical Board today to disclose the names of the 2,000 California physicians it has acknowledged have an active drug or alcohol addiction problem. The Medical Board acknowledged that 1-2% of...