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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

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. 
 

Coalition Forms To Champion Medical Negligence Cap Initiative

By Andrew Sheeler, SACRAMENTO BEE - CAPITOL ALERT

November 11, 2021

https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article25…

In 2022, California voters will decide whether to raise the $250,000 cap on payouts in medical negligence lawsuit payouts, indexing it for inflation and empowering judges and juries to decide compensation in cases involving catastrophic injury or death.