8 WI protest doctor’s note writers now under investigation

The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel reports that the shady big labor protest-fest actions of a few local physicians may very well land them in hot water with the state medical board (via Memeorandum):

Madison – The state Department of Regulation and Licensing and the Medical Examining Board said Wednesday that they had opened investigations into eight individuals who allegedly wrote doctor excuse notes for protesters at the state Capitol during rallies in February.


The eight being investigated are all licensed physicians, department spokesman David Carlson said.
Investigations were not opened against three people because the panel concluded no violations had occurred, the news release says.

The 11 were identified by complaints to the department. Nine of those named are licensed physicians and two are unlicensed, the department said.

The investigations will include a more extensive fact-finding process to determine if any violations of law occurred, according to the news release.

In February, teachers from several districts called in sick to protest Gov. Scott Walker’s bill that would strip public employees of most of their collective bargaining rights. Schools in Madison and Milwaukee had to shut down because of teacher absences.

Absent teachers were told they would need to provide a form from a medical professional for any absence, and if they didn’t have such notes they would face discipline.

During the protests, doctors in white lab coats were seen filling out excuse notes for workers.
Doctors also were videotaped issuing the excuse notes, which critics blasted as a sick-day dodge.

Seems pretty cut and dry to me that they violated the law, considering they wrote excuses for protesters who clearly weren’t sick. If you can’t trust these people to faithfully perform their duties as licensed physicians on something as basic as writing a doctor’s note, what can you trust them on? The state board needs to do the right thing here, and not bow to the pressure I’m sure they’re already receiving from union “leaders” and others sympathetic to the union “cause” to drop the matter. Of course, in the event that some or all of the physicians under investigation are punished for their activities, I can just imagine a lawsuit somewhere down the road, where the doctor claims they felt they were engaging in a “legal act of civil disobedience” or some other such nonsense.

Stay tuned.

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