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Board won’t require doctors on probation to tell patients — for now
Sacramento Business Journal

The Medical Board of California voted Friday against a plan that would require doctors to notify patients if they are on probation with the agency.

But the board, which oversees discipline for California’s 137,000 licensed physicians, directed a task force to work on the issue. The action came in response to a petition from Consumers Union, which says patients often are left in the dark when their doctor gets in trouble.

Sentiment was strong that more needs to be done to alert consumers about doctors on probation, but board members saw the Consumers Union proposal as both too broad and not broad enough.

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