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Consumer Watchdog Calls On Kaiser CEO To Disclose Substance Abuse & Patient Safety Problems At Health System Following High Profile Denials By Kaiser Doc
Date:11/25/2013

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog wrote incoming Kaiser CEO Bernard Tyson to take issue with "disconcerting statements made by one of your employees, Dr. Paul Phinney, the immediate past President of the California Medical Association, who has maintained that medical negligence and substance abuse among physicians are not significant patient safety issues that need to be addressed."

In a recent interview and other media statements Phinney has challenged the notion that medical negligence is a leading public health problem and refused to take a position on mandatory drug testing of physicians.  

Read the letter at: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/resources/ltrtysonkaiserdisclosures.pdf

"The California Medical Board's Diversion Program reported that 18% of physicians have drug and alcohol problems during the course of their careers," wrote Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court. "Kaiser employs approximately 17,000 physicians. Based on the Medical Board's calculation, 3,060 of them will have a substance abuse problem during their careers. The public deserves to know the extent of substance abuse by Kaiser physicians, and the impact on the patients they serve.

"Phinney has also disputed widely accepted data that 210,000 – 400,000 people die every year from medical negligence, making malpractice the third leading cause of death in this country. Given his misrepresentations and evasions, Kaiser Permanente should be willing to publicly disclose data about patient safety problems and risks at its own facilities."

Consumer Watchdog called upon Tyson to disclose publicly the following information:

  1. Data for the last decade showing how many Kaiser physi
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