California Medical Board Sunset Report Shows Increase in Physician Discipline
On November1, 2012, the California Medical Board Sunset Review Report shows an increase in physician discipline in the following areas between 2007-2012:
47% more cases were referred to the Attorney General's Office,
74% more probation violations cases referred to the Attorney General's Office,
49% more license restrictions/suspensions were imposed while administrative action was pending,
203% more cases were referred for criminal action,
35% more revocations were issued,
25% more cases resulting in probation were issued, and
26$ more disciplinary actions were issued
It is worth noting the major increase in prosecution occurred at a time when budget cuts and furloughs were deeply felt by many divisions of the California Medical Board and Attorney General's Office.
Because the California Medical Board is aggressive in searching out and disciplining California physicians, it is important for California physicians to be equally aggressive in fighting back. Do not speak to a California Medical Board investigator without consulting with an attorney who defends physicians against medical board accusations. Do not provide documents to the California Medical Board investigator until you consult with a California Medical Board attorney. Doing so could save you from the embarrassment and humiliation of appearing in the "hot sheet" as a disciplined California Physician.
Our office has been successful in defending California physicians before the California Medical Board. We have been successful in defending California physicians in criminal court, state and federal. Call our office for a free consultation if you have been contacted by the California Medical Board or other law enforcement agency.