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Bill to reform New York licensure board reaches governor

A bill to reform the Office of Professional Medical Conduct, OPMC Reform A.4274b, has passed the New York legislature. Governor George Pataki has until Tuesday, Dec. 14, to act on the bill. Members of the board are being urged to ask him to veto the bill.

Thousands of patients have protested that the OPMC has deprived them of their doctors by prosecuting vendettas of doctors against their colleagues, ignoring exculpatory evidence, and using its police powers to benefit insurers who are involved in disputes with doctors over medical necessity.

The reform bill provides due process protections to physicians (www.healthlobby.com/OPMCreform.htm).

Additional information:

AAPS Letter in Support of S. 5221 Reforming the Office of Professional Medical Conduct - 7/12/2004

Capricious License Revocation - Testimony of Andrew Schlafly Before NY State Assembly, Committees on Health, Higher Education, and Codes - 01/31/2002

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