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Excruciatingly Embarrassing Moment for The Medical Board of California: Complete Meltdown of the Friday, April 25th Quarterly Meeting: by T. L. Kittle
Date:4/30/2008

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The discrepancy between the Board's deliberations on non-harmful cases then comments regarding lack of resources to effectively deal with harmful cases in last week's meeting demonstrates clearly and unarguably the degree of urgency needed to reorganize how the staff of the Board prioritizes the Board's resources.

There also needs to be better safety laws regarding the work environment for the practice of medicine -- with rampant institutionalized sleep deprivation, increasingly unpaid burdensome workload of the insurance approval process, rising cost of medical malpractice insurance, and lack of payment for medically needed services on difficult cases (like phone calls and research), the current climate breeds medical errors that wouldn't have existed otherwise.

Gratefully, the Medical Board of California has demonstrated a commitment to addressing these concerns with the formation of the Medical Errors Task Force, Education Committee, Access to Care, as well as the Wellness Committee.

But if the Board is going to move from addressing these concerns into actually solving them, then Californians need a medical board that can execute its vision efficiently and effectively -- given the current legal infrastructure to which the Board is currently bound, it may be impossible.

Laws being like blue prints for a house, and currently there is a toilet in the front foyer.

With the Federation of State Medical Boards meeting this week in San Antonio, Texas, hopefully some of the changing landscape of medicine in the 21st century will be addressed.

Until then, people will continue to be unnecessarily harmed due to a malfunctioning medical board.

T. L. Kittle suffers with a chronic illness in the Los Angeles area, gratefully under the care of extraordinary physicians. Kittle has been attending the Medical Board of California meetings as a member of the public since January 2007, and is currently in the
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