“Wretched creatures are compelled by the severity of the torture to confess things they have never done and so by cruel butchery innocent lives are taken; and by new alchemy, gold and silver are coined from human blood.” Father Cornelius Loos ( 1592 )
How can impaired Physicians be helped?
1. Impairment among physicians is growing: Why?
Answer: It is not. State Physician Health Programs (PHPs) are “diagnosing” impairment when there is no impairment. They are pathologizing the normal and expanding in scope to increase the grand scale of the hunt.
2. What’s the Prognosis for Impaired Physicians?
Answer: Not Good. Those who need help (the truly impaired) are afraid to get help for fear of being monitored by their state PHP while many of those ensnared by PHPs are not impaired. There is absolutely no oversight, regulation or accountability. This needs to be evaluated in the context of physician suicide. The system is one of institutional injustice and abuse of power.
3. Is your knowledge of physician impairment up-to-date?
Answer: No. This will only occur after an evidence-based Cochrane type review separates information from misinformation; An objective non-biased investigation by outside actors identifying any conflicts-of-interest, misconduct or lack of evidence-base in the current system and separating the art and science of the medical profession from the politicalization and exploitation of the medical profession.
The list of doctors on Like-Minded Docs solves the final piece of a puzzle. It explains why so many doctors across the country are claiming fabrication and manipulation of personality and cognitive tests to support nonexistent diagnoses at these “PHP-approved” assessment centers. The relationship between the state PHP’s and the “PHP-approved” assessment centers is the same as it is between the state PHPs and the corrupt labs.
As Drs. John Knight and J. Wesley Boyd note in Ethical and Managerial Considerations Regarding State Physician Health Programs, published in the Journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, this is what is known as “tailoring a diagnosis”–a euphemism for the political abuse of psychiatry. According to the Global Initiative on Psychiatry “Political abuse of psychiatry refers to the misuse of psychiatric diagnosis, treatment and detention for the purposes of obstructing the fundamental human rights of certain individuals and groups in a given society.” The shoe fits here. In fact it fits very well.
The Global Initiative on Psychiatry opposes the Political_Abuse_of_Psychiatry wherever it may occur and “supports those psychiatrists and psychiatric organizations that pressure the offending states to discontinue the practice and lobby vigorously those organizations which are wavering. The main way for individuals and organizations to work is through diplomatic channels. It is necessary to expose the practice and to embarrass countries that are at fault by expelling them from organizations such as the World Psychiatric Association. This can only be ensured by properly organized open investigation of psychiatric practice and interviews with the alleged victims”
Political abuse of psychiatry in the profession of medicine needs to be treated in the same way.
An evidence based Cochrane type assessment of their “research” and an Institute of Medicine Conflict of Interest review are long overdue.
In evaluating a physician for “impairment” or being “disruptive” the Physician Health Programs (PHPs) under the Federation of State Physician Health Programs (FSPHP) are not gathering data to form a hypothesis. They are making data fit a hypothesis that arrived at the out-of-state “PHP-approved” assessment center well before the alleged miscreant doctor.
With guilt assumed from the start, no due process, no appeal, and no way out physicians are being bullied, demoralized, and dehumanized to the point of hopelessness, helplessness and despair.
This needs to end now.
Medicine is predicated on competence, good-faith, and integrity.
Medical ethics necessitates beneficence, respect, and autonomy.
The scaffold erected here is designed for coercion and control.
Exposure, transparency, and accountability are urgent.
The emperor has no clothes.
Sunshine is the best disinfectant.
One thought on “The “Impaired Physician”–Increasing the Grand Scale of the Hunt”
We need to arm with more research and use it to advocate and protest! The medical board of California is trying to violate my privacy and human rights just because I have a diagnosis of PTSD! Not because I have any unusual behaviors or criminal activity, or substance abuse etc., but simply having the diagnosis. We cannot allow this to happen because it will result in physicians absolute fear of seeking help for anxiety related symptoms! The first step toward healing is recognition, which is the diagnosis itself! The California medical board ignores the true concern about physician wellness, they do not care about physician wellness at all. If they do not care about physician wellness, then they are not protecting the public. The medical board of California cannot do this to me because if they are allowed to get away with it, they will be able to do it to any physician with PTSD, which will prevent the medical community from healing itself due to the traumas experienced during medical training, We need to stop this now.