Hospitals have dropped the ball on reporting. (Opponents square off over physician discipline debate, June 8 ). Its interesting that this conclusion has been reached. There are many reasons for this dropping of the ball. One of them begs the question of: What happens after they make the report? The Medical Board of California is so far from being judicious that they may as well be in another state.
Sanctions are a joke and the word timely does not exist in its realm.
Eight hundred and five criteria for reporting is confusing at best and should be clarified so that no loopholes are included nor room for confusion. The criteria should be easy to locate. Ever try finding it in the updated version?
Hospitals write their own fair hearing policies/procedures. Those guidelines should have been written by the medical board to ensure they receive all of the information that is necessary at the time of the filing, and if a hearing is requested, the findings should also be reported to the medical board and/or a representative from the board should be at the hearings to witness that it is truly a fair hearing.
A call for an overhaul of the entire process is certainly in order.
Jeune Jackson-Hozumi, R.N.Los Angeles
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