Editorial: Doctor Accountability

June 29, 2018

KSBW Editorial

California could become the first state in the nation to hold doctors who are on probation more accountable for their actions.

State Senator Jerry Hill of San Mateo introduced SB 1448 back in April. It requires doctors to notify patients if they're on probation for serious offenses like sexual misconduct. It’s the Senator’s third attempt at improving patient safety. A similar bill failed in the Assembly last year and sunk in the Senate in 2016, blocked both times after intense lobbying by physicians' associations.

They argue that forcing doctors to tell patients upfront could put them out of business. It might. But ultimately, don’t patients deserve the right to know?

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