The medical board in California is so disappointing. I thought they would be more evolved but just the opposite. I am very surprised. The attorneys abuse the privilege they have been granted in representing our board and our profession. It is also at tremendous financial expense to the state of California. It is a system that is broken. We created the equivalent of board sanctioned ambulance chasers with no accountability or honest regard for the public health.
I find that people who have had some personal struggles bring incredible insight, ethics and compassion to the practice of medicine. There are guidelines written by the AMA and California Medical Association on appropriate management of good physicians with human problems including substance abuse and the sequelae experienced. Instead the board seems to ignore both the current medical and legal standards that has been requested of them in favor of opportunism and exclusion. The public is harmed by removing good care and by degrading the profession. For the individuals who find themselves the victim of mistreatment by the board there is no recourse. Their entire lives are ruined. The disillusionment that follows is less recoverable than the original issue. They are also members of the public.
There is a attorney driven agenda with no honest regard to public confidence or care. At what point do our physician board members have the ethics and moral turpitude to stand up and fix this.