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mary ann roser, austin american-statesma tuesday, september 20, 2011 austin, texas (ap) a law that took effect this month bars the texas medical board from considering complaints against doctors if they come from... Read More


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    The main failure is that well intentioned people believe the whistleblower law protects them and that isn't true. WBL's have no teeth and a lawyer isn't provided for you should it be needed as in this case mentioned Now that anonymous complaints are banned there are no WBL in Texas. The whole point was to protect the identity of a David when they go up against Golith without a slingshot.
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    Quote from Rodoon
    The main failure is that well intentioned people believe the whistleblower law protects them and that isn't true. WBL's have no teeth and a lawyer isn't provided for you should it be needed as in this case mentioned Now that anonymous complaints are banned there are no WBL in Texas. The whole point was to protect the identity of a David when they go up against Golith without a slingshot.

    I totally agree with protecting a complainant against retaliation, but the accused should also have the right to know who is making the complaint.
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    Is it me, or is Texas the only state that does things ass-backwards? I lived there in 2001 and although Austin is a fun and realistic centre for culture, the rest of Texas seems a little bit too focused on football and executions.
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    Quote from abbaking
    Is it me, or is Texas the only state that does things ass-backwards? I lived there in 2001 and although Austin is a fun and realistic centre for culture, the rest of Texas seems a little bit too focused on football and executions.
    And I thougt DC was way too self centered on internal politics that really didn't matter and LA was full of crazy hippies. We can stereotype anywhere.

    If your not willing to put your name on a complaint it should call into it's validity any way.
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    If your not willing to put your name on a complaint it should call into it's validity any way.


    I would tend to think this is true. I might think they ought to consider exceptional circumstances though. sex assaults, etc. That can be disturbing to report as a victim. But anything else really should be backed up this way...nothing irks me more than in my state how they can go to interim summary suspensions over "anonymously reported" behaviors...
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    Quote from classicdame
    I agree with it in general, since I would not want to lose my job over an anonymous complaint. HOWEVER, I believe this is a result of the Winkler case in which the two nurses filed a complaint anonymously, as was legal then, and the Medical Board backed them up! The result has been that the MD involved, the Sheriff and the prosecuting attorney have all received fines and jail time. Go to www.texasnurses.org for details. So we learned that the whistleblower protection act really works. Yes, complain, if needed. You might be that MD's next patient.
    It's not like they would just take the complaint at face value and you're lose your license. It would cause an investigation. If the complaint wasn't legitimate you'd have nothing to fear (though an investigation is always stressful).

    I guarantee nurses in texas are thinking twice about whistle blowing now. Healthcare works best and lives get saved when everyone feels they can speak up and question actions, from nurses, to doctors, to patients, to aids. I keep hearing analogies to the air industry, where it's felt that we have the level of safety we do there because everyone is willing to speak up. We keep striving for that in healthcare, but we seem to be taking two steps forward and one back, especially in Texas.
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    Quote from SweettartRN
    So they file an anonymous federal complaint, which supercedes State law....


    Really though, this is a bad idea.
    State law supersedes federal law, though.
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    Quote from abbaking
    Is it me, or is Texas the only state that does things ass-backwards? I lived there in 2001 and although Austin is a fun and realistic centre for culture, the rest of Texas seems a little bit too focused on football and executions.
    Do you really think that's all Texans focus on?

    Houston has the largest medical center in the world, so they must be doin' something right.

    As far as the article goes, I agree with Dr. Hotze. He is a very prominent Houstonian, and has a wonderful clinic that caters to women's hormonal issues. He has a radio show, and he is an MD that truly wants people to feel their best. He has written a wonderful book that addresses some of the problems that women in particular face as they age, and provides simple solutions, mostly diet related to solve the fatigue and other changes that occur.

    There will always be someone that loses out on issues like these, but it's really sad to accuse someone of something anonymously, I personally feel that it opens the door for not-so-well-meaning people to be spiteful.....:heartbeat


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