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Patients With Medical Horror Stories Demand the California Medical Board Back Patient Bill of Rights Requiring Transparency, Accountability To Prevent Patient Harm, Reports Consumer Watchdog


LOS ANGELES, April 19, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Patients who were sexually assaulted by doctors and lost loved ones to doctors' negligence shared their medical horror stories today and pressed the California Medical Board to adopt a new Patient Bill of Rights and ensure future patients are protected.

The stories told at today's meeting of the Medical Board illustrate the devastating harm caused to patients by a regulatory system in which doctors' records of patient harm are hidden and patient complaints go unheeded. The patients and families testifying included:

"Patients have lost all protection in a system that does not mete out serious discipline even when people are killed, and patients are not notified even when doctors are disciplined for serious misconduct," said Carmen Balber, executive director of Consumer Watchdog. "The Board must acknowledge it's time to lift the veil of secrecy around sexual assault in the doctor's office and other patient harm, or abdicate its responsibility to keep patients safe. A Patient Bill of Rights will ensure transparency and accountability in doctor discipline."

The Patient Bill of Rights addresses these failures in the Medical Board's enforcement process, which is statutorily mandated to prioritize patient safety. A key provision would require doctors on probation, for reasons including sexual assault and patient death, to inform their patients. Lawmakers will vote on Monday in Sacramento on SB 1448 by Senator Jerry Hill, that would mandate doctors disclose when they are on probation.

The Patient Bill of Rights includes the:

"Four decades ago, patients' ability to hold dangerous doctors accountable in court was restricted with the promise that a strong Medical Board would keep patients safe. Without a Patient Bill of Rights the Board will continue to fail in that duty," said Balber. 

Read the Associated Press story about the launch of SB 1448, the probation disclosure legislation:
https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Olympians-back-California-plan-for-disclosures-on-12819030.php

Read the KTLA story on the Encino doctor convicted of sexual battery and exploitation of his patients: http://ktla.com/2018/04/17/encino-doctor-sentenced-for-sexually-assaulting-female-patients-during-medical-visits/

SOURCE Consumer Watchdog


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