8 WI protest doctor’s note writers now under investigation

Posted by: ST on April 21, 2011 at 9:59 am

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.

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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.
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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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5 Responses to “8 WI protest doctor’s note writers now under investigation”

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  1. Rovin says:

    Seems pretty cut and dry to me that they violated the law, considering they wrote excuses for protesters who clearly weren’t sick.

    Oh, yes they were! And they’re still sick!

  2. Great White Rat says:

    So essentially what we have here is a case where political motives take precedence over ethical medical practices.

    The Hippocratic Oath is less important to them than the dictates of union bosses and the Democratic party.

    Bet you just can’t wait until ObamaCare is in full force and these types are appointed to the government medical decision panels…

  3. Carlos says:

    Probably some of the same “doctors” Duh-1 paraded in front of the slobbering lovefest media touting his health care overhaul.

    And I’ll bet that, if anything, the students’ test scores rose during the absence of these ideologue charlatans pretending to be teachers.

  4. TexasDoc says:

    No physician can make a proper diagnosis until the requirements of patient evaluation are performed. That means taking a complete history and physical, consideration of the objective and subjective data and application of a differential process. At least that’s what we were taught in medical school.

  5. captaingrumpy says:

    These doctors are “the elite” like the union bosses. Their care for the common folk is OK as long as money flows. I bet the unions are paying them big time.