Thursday, July 26, 2007
By Aurelio Rojas - Bee Capitol Bureau
The Medical Board of California meets today to discuss its drug and alcohol diversion program for doctors, which has been criticized in several audits for being ineffective and endangering patients.
Stung by adverse publicity, the California Medical Association has taken the unusual step of publicly criticizing the board that licenses its 35,000 physicians for lax enforcement of the program.
The 27-year program, which treats up to 400 doctors at a time with funding from physician fees, is scheduled to be terminated on July 1, 2008, unless the Legislature extends it.
. . . . . .