Is it a lax and overly permissive regulator centrally operating in California’s health care sphere?
Or, conversely, is it a harsh and exactions-oriented overseer of doctors, nurses and other medical practitioners employed within that key professional realm?
Clearly, that depends on who is being asked the question.
On the one hand, there is a broad band of board naysayers and critical commentators who castigate California’s huge Medical Board for alleged laxity and hands-off treatment of problem doctors and other medical actors.
Yet on the other hand, there are legions of health field professionals spanning the state who think otherwise and materially fear the board. They harbor no illusions concerning its ability to act in a punitive way that threatens careers and livelihoods on a steady basis.
That disconnect, coupled with polar-opposite conclusions regarding the board’s role in disciplinary actions and the sanctions it doles out – or forgoes from issuing – in given cases, is on constant display in California.
A recent example of that comes via a report issued by the advocacy group Public Citizen. That organization cites research indicating that the board is indeed comparatively slow in issuing punitive reprisals to medical pros being investigated in disciplinary matters. Many other states pull the punitive trigger more quickly in cases involving serious complaints.
Such evidence hardly points to soft and permissive treatment generally forthcoming from the board, though. The entity is the largest and most active of its kind nationally, with a huge amount of its resources being devoted to panel reviews that often result in stinging penalties. Notably, those include license suspension and even revocation.
An authoritative California legal source on medical license challenges and safeguards duly notes that even a professional’s “minor mistakes can result in serious consequences.”
Questions or concerns regarding any license matter can be directed to a proven and results-oriented California license-defense legal team.