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Medical board imperils patients
Sacramento Bee

For years, the Medical Board of California has fended off claims that it put the interests of doctors before the safety of patients. But recent actions by the board demonstrate that Californians have reason to be concerned.

At their quarterly meeting last month in Sacramento, board members made clear they don’t want patients to be notified about doctors who are on probation – even those disciplined for serious offenses such as sexual assault, drug or alcohol addiction, or gross negligence. Instead, they believe patients should be responsible for finding out about bad doctors.