The Medical Board of California, which licenses physicians, must have made a deal with a slip-and-fall lawyer to get a piece of whatever comes in from malpractice lawsuits. Is there any other explanation for this?
In an appeal for the public’s help in stemming the epidemic of prescription drug deaths, the Medical Board of California is asking people whose relatives died of overdoses to contact the board if they believe excessive prescribing or other physician misconduct contributed to the deaths.
So relatives who hadn’t already registered their complaints with the board or the physician when the patient was alive (or after his death) will now be able to wreak havoc on someone’s career.
How long before we see daytime TV ads for lawyers asking, “Did your loved one O.D. on Vicodin?” instead of asking whether Dad was ever exposed to asbestos?
And how long before doctors refuse to write scrips for patients in hideous pain, fearing the consequences if they do?
Linda K. Whitney, the board’s executive director, urged those with information about improper treatment to contact the board without delay. By law, the agency has seven years from the time of the alleged misconduct to take disciplinary action against a physician.
“The sooner we get the information, the sooner we can move forward,” she said in an interview.
And the sooner more doctors can be driven out of medicine. Don’t laugh. Even Jewish mothers will tell their sons to find another way to make a living.