Accountability is necessary to prevent abuse of power, corruption and criminal activity. It requires transparency, the provision of information and justification for actions to outside entities capable of providing punishment to those who engage in wrongdoing. State physician health programs have no meaningful regulation or oversight and their affiliated drug and alcohol testing and treatment have very little either. The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is an accreditation agency; it has the ability to investigate and educate but not punish. .
Governor Baker’s recent move to control professional boards seemed a promising step and I provided detailed documentation to the Director of Constituent Services at the Office of the Commissioner for Public Health, Helen Rush-Lloyd ( Helen.Rush-Lloyd@state.ma.us 617-624-5223 ) who informed me on June 7 she would provide the name of the appropriate contact person to respond. The email can be seen here: Physician Health and Compliance Unit. Last I heard it was turfed to attorneys at the Board by whoever the appropriate contact person was and I have not been able to get a name. As this too appears to be a dead-end it is important to find out who is responsible. This is a system in which they often place their own people into positions where they can block, punt, deflect, dismiss and otherwise derail valid complaints. For example they have a “point-person”on the Massachusetts Medical Society ethics committee who…
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[…] may be the best disinfectant but it does not work when the shades are kept down. I expected that Governor Baker’s Move to control professional boards would let some sunlight in but such was not the case. Records Reform if dates are smudged or the […]