Docs Who Wrote Fake Sick Notes To Be Disciplined
Looks like the doctors who wrote notes to allow people–especially teachers–to skip work and attend the Madison protests are gonna face at least some discipline:
UW Health doctors who wrote sick notes for protesters at the Capitol in February face penalties up to a loss of pay and leadership positions, the UW School of Medicine and Public Health said Tuesday.
The medical school reviewed 22 UW Health doctors said to have been involved in writing medical excuses for protesters attending rallies over Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposals, according to a medical school statement.
“Several” of the doctors were found not to have participated, and among those who were involved “the nature and extent of involvement varied widely,” the statement said.
“Personnel action will be based on the specific nature of the offense and the level of the physician’s involvement,” the statement said. “The consequences range from written reprimand to loss of pay and leadership position.”
Depending on what “leadership position” they lose, and how much pay gets docked, this could actually be some serious discipline for these folks… or it could turn out to be a slap on the wrist for appearance’s sake. And it appears that we may never know:
The statement didn’t identify the doctors, citing public employee records laws, and said “the school will not comment on individual cases.”
However, this isn’t the end of their possible troubles:
The Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing and the Medical Examining Board are investigating eight people who allegedly wrote notes, the agencies said last week.
The Wisconsin Medical Society criticized the doctors’ actions, saying they threatened the public’s trust in the medical profession.
Yes, when doctors put politics ahead of good medicine, that threatens the public’s trust. Too bad these doctors weren’t smart enough to figure that out before.