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The Los Angeles Times – California lawmakers pass reforms to doctor discipline cases, giving patients a voice

By Melody Gutierrez, LOS ANGELES TIMES https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2023-09-15/lawmakers-take-up-bill-to-overhaul-state-board-that-investigates-doctors# When Angela Contreras complained to the state’s medical board last fall that a Long Beach doctor had left gauze in her brother’s abdomen during surgery, she waited — and waited — for the...

KGET – Bakersfield, CA: California Medical Board Meets in Bakersfield to Address Maternal Mortality

Consumer Watchdog volunteers and families share their medical negligence stories for reform within the healthcare system.

KBAK (FOX58) – Bakersfield, CA: High Maternal Mortality Rate

Families who lost their loved ones ask the Medical Board for justice.

KVPR – Kern County maternal mortality at the center of a state medical board meeting

By Kerry Klein, KVPR https://www.kvpr.org/local-news/2023-08-29/kern-county-maternal-mortality-at-the-center-of-a-state-medical-board-meeting Following years of advocacy work from locals, the Medical Board of California held a meeting in Bakersfield to learn more about the region’s high maternal mortality rate. Kern County’s pregnancy-related mortality rate is one of the highest...

Sacramento Bee – California’s Medical Board Can’t Pay Its Bills, but Doctors Resist Proposed Fixes

By Annie Sciacca, SACRAMENTO BEE https://www.sacbee.com/news/article278656929.html California doctors and state lawmakers are squaring off once again over the future of the Medical Board of California, which is responsible for licensing and disciplining doctors and has been criticized by patient advocates...

KFMB-SD (CBS) – San Diego, CA: Dental Visit Leads To Hospital Stay

Carmen Balber talks about how misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis is one of the leading causes of medical errors in this country.

CalMatters – Victims of medical negligence in California should be included in investigations

By Annette Ramirez, CALMATTERS https://calmatters.org/commentary/2023/08/medical-negligence-victims-california-investigations/ Eleven years ago I went into the hospital for a hysterectomy and was expecting to go home the next day. Instead, I fought to survive in the hospital for two years after my doctor’s mistakes and...

KERO-BFL (23ABC) – Bakersfield, CA: Maternal Mortality Addressed By Medical Board

Consumer Watchdog Advocate Michele Monserratt-Ramos and volunteers share their experiences with the Medical Board to enact change regarding maternal mortality.

Mercury News – Opinion: California Medical Board reform would save patient lives

When the state receives a complaint, medical professionals are asked for their side of the story, but victims are not By Maria Ibarra Navarrette, MERCURY NEWS https://www.mercurynews.com/2023/08/25/opinion-california-medical-board-reform-would-save-patient-lives/ My little brother Jose was always at the center of my life — despite...

KERO-BFL (23ABC) – Bakersfield, CA: Pregnancy Care Mistreatment

Patient Advocate Michele Monserratt-Ramos discusses the details of friday's medical board meeting that will focus solely on maternal mortality issues in the central valley starting at 9:00am at the doubletree hotel in Bakersfield.

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