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Patient safety depends on medical providers and hospitals being held accountable when they do harm. When there are no consequences for medical negligence, patient care never gets better. 

The California agency charged with regulating physicians, the Medical Board of California, too often protects doctors instead of the patients it is supposed to serve. The doctor lobby holds sway in the California legislature too, standing in the way of reform. 

Consumer Watchdog partners with patients and families who have been harmed in the health care system to push back against these abuses, reform the Medical Board, and enact patient safety legislation to make health care safer. 

REPORTS & RESOURCES

PATIENT BILL OF RIGHTS

Consumer Watchdog called on the Medical Board of California to adopt a Patient Bill of Rights and reform a regulatory system in which doctors’ records of patient harm are hidden and patient complaints go unheeded. Read the news release and the Patient Bill of Rights.

PATIENT RIGHT TO KNOW

California became the first state in the nation to require doctors to disclose before a patient’s appointment if they are on probation for sexual assault or other serious misconduct. The law was blocked by the medical lobby until the MeToo movement helped ensure the voices of survivors of physician sexual assault were heard. Read about the victory for patient safety.

OPIOID OVERPRESCRIBING

A seven-year battle by a father who lost his young children to reckless overprescribing culminated in a mandate for California doctors to review a patient’s prescription history before prescribing opioids and other dangerous narcotics. 

Read about the win

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Holding Medical Providers Accountable

Insurance Companies Put Up Lion’s Share of $43 Million Raised by the Medical Insurance Complex to Oppose Fairness for Injured Patients Act

Los Angeles, CA – Insurance companies who profit by denying fair compensation to patients injured or killed by medical malpractice have put up $27.8 million to oppose the Fairness for Injured Patients Act. Insurance money accounts for two-thirds of the $43.8 million raised to oppose the Fairness Act, a measure that seeks to restore accountability for injured patients on the November 2022 California ballot.  

Doctor Surrenders Medical License Following Accusations Of Neglect In The Death Of Demi Dominguez

By Anthony Wright, ABC TV-23 Bakersfield, CA

December 16, 2021

https://www.turnto23.com/news/local-news/doctor-surrenders-medical-lice…

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — Bakersfield OB-GYN Dr. Arthur Park has agreed to surrender his medical license in an agreement with the Medical Board of California. Park was accused of negligence in the death of Demi Dominguez in 2019.

Doctor Opposed To Fairness Act Calls Compensation for Permanent Disability and Death “Very Nebulous”; Families Call For Enactment

Los Angeles, CA – Two parents of children injured by medical negligence called out a doctor opposing the Fairness For Injured Patients Act because they were “deeply offended” by his “comment that compensation for death or lifelong harm is capped under California’s nearly 50 year old law because such losses are ‘very nebulous.’”

Scott Olsen and Tammy Smick wrote Dr. Mark Alson that his comment, “misstates the law and is disrespectful of families across the state and the hardships they face because of the cap.”  

Whistleblower Or Flamethrower? California Medical Board Member Calls Out His Colleagues

By Melody Gutierrez, LOS ANGELES TIMES

November 17, 2021

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-11-17/california-medical-…

SACRAMENTO — The pleas for help find him. They arrive by email or seep into his social media account. One showed up in a tightly sealed letter to his home. After years of feeling ignored by the Medical Board of California, the writers hope he’ll finally be the one who hears them.

Families Fighting For Fairness Act Say Medical Board Failure As Outlined by Whistleblower Makes Case For Ballot Measure To Change 1975 Medical Negligence Law

Los Angeles, CA -- Families of injured patients whose medical negligence cases have been disregarded by the California medical board today voiced their support for the public member of the board who is blowing the whistle on the board’s failure to protect patients, as outlined in today’s LA Times report.