Would you want your medical practitioner to tell you if he or she is on probation? Would it cause you to question an expert’s opinion if they were to tell you they were? This week, the California State Senate rejected a bill that would have required licensed a medical practitioner to inform their patients if they were or currently are on probation for a serious infraction.
The legislation, if it were to have passed, would have required that doctors notify patients in writing in an easy to read one-page document disclosing the doctor’s probationary status. Physicians, acupuncturists, podiatrists, and chiropractors that have been convicted of sexual misconduct, a felony involving patient care, gross negligence, or substance abuse would be required to disclose such information.
The current probationary status of physicians, acupuncturists, podiatrists, and chiropractors is currently available online, however, many people say that it is too hard to find. Proponents of the bill contend that it is a patient’s right to know so they can make a decision on whether continuing under the care of the medical practitioner is in their best interests.
If you have been injured or harmed by a doctor or other medical practitioner, talk to a medical malpractice lawyer. The medical malpractice lawyers at Kardos, Rickles, Bidlingmaier & Bidlingmaier are ready to hear your story and assess your case.