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Doctors Applaud Latest Furlough Reversal
Date:2/26/2010

n't go away just because there's a furlough.  There are still patients to see, and some of them are very ill and cannot wait for care.  It makes no sense to furlough a state-employed doctor then have the patients seen by an outside contractor who charges much, much more," states Dr. Bussey.  He points to the large number of outside contractors working for State agency, some earning more than $500 per hour, as a longstanding problem that worsened with the implantation of furloughs.  "If the Governor is serious about economic recovery, he needs to end ALL the furloughs immediately," according to Dr. Bussey.

This latest ruling comes out of a lawsuit filed last year by UAPD, which challenged furloughs as beyond the Governor's authority with respect to agencies funded by federal funds and special funds, including licensing fees.  In its original motion, UAPD listed the Department of Social Services (DSS), the Department of Public Health (DPH), the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), and Medical Board of California as examples of agencies where a substantial portion of funding comes from federal or special funds.  On the final day of 2009 Alameda Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch issued rulings in favor of UAPD, ordering the state to end furloughs for doctors in the above-mentioned agencies.  Yesterday's ruling was the first time Judge Roesch indicated that these employees are also entitled to backpay for time lost to furloughs.


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