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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

UWHealth To Investigate Physicians Who Wrote Fraudulent Doctors Notes For Wisconsin Protesters

Yesterday I showed three separate videos of physicians at the Wisconsin budget vs union protests offering up and providing fake doctors notes to individuals who were participating in the protests against the Governor's budget proposal, in order to excuse them from their absence from work to attend the protests without ramification.

Today we see that a few of those doctors were part of the UWHealth group and the organization has heard the reports and is launching an official investigation into the actions of these doctors.

There are reports on both social media and news websites that a number of UW Health physicians were signing "medical excuse" notes for protesters at the Capitol on Feb. 19. This involves a few individuals out of the nearly 1,300 physicians at UW Health.

These UW Health physicians were acting on their own and without the knowledge or approval of UW Health. These charges are very serious and in response, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation, the UW Health entities that employ the physicians, have immediately launched an investigation of the reported behavior.

The investigation will identify which UW Health physicians were involved and whether their behavior constituted violations of medical ethics or University of Wisconsin and UW Health policies and work rules. The investigation and any potential future action will follow the established procedures of the University of Wisconsin. Any future disciplinary action taken will be considered a personnel matter and will be treated with the confidentiality required by University of Wisconsin policies.

On other fronts, the budget battle continues to heat up and headlines and abundant, so for your reading I am setting up links below to articles Wisconsin and/or Union related this morning.

Ohio- "Kasich appears ready for 
a confrontation with unions." (H/T Skeez in comment section for that link)

WSJ "Political Fight Over Unions Escalates"

NYT- "Union Bonds in Wisconsin Begin to Fray"

WSJ- "Public Unions and Political Power"

AP- "Wisconsin governor warns of layoff notices"

Wapo "Out of Wisconsin, a lesson in leadership for Obama"

Happy reading everyone.

[Update] Ann Althouse, who captured some of the antics from the protested on video, has had some hatred thrown her way.

Althouse "I receive a threat: 'whoever video taped this has no life and needs to be shot in the head.' "