Alliance for Safety Awareness for Patients
On March 11, 2013 I joined ASAP founder, Alicia Cole, and 3 other advocates from SafePatientProject.org to the Joint Oversight Committee Sunset Hearing re of Medical Board of CA at the Capitol in Sacto. Safe Patient Project director Lisa McGiffert and advocates Alicia Cole, Jack French and Tina Manasian testified. Also in attendance were Grass Roots organizer from Safe Patient Project Daniela Nunez, fellow advocate Lois Daniels and consultant Maryann O'Sullivan. It was an educational and emotional day as California healthcare consumers testified as to Medical Board failures that resulted in their own permanent injuries or loss of loved ones. The next day we lobbied en masse. As a new member I have much to learn. It was a great experience for me to fill in some blanks and I'm very appreciative of the opportunity.
Alicia's presentation glaringly exposed the immediate need for Medical Board transparency. There were additional arguments for transparency from advocates. Statue of Limitations for consumer complaints and lack of patient awareness when being treated by a disciplined physician were other topics tackled.
I was deeply gratified to be in the company of these dedicated individuals who have given so much. I'm proud to be a member of the accomplished Safe Patient Project. It was a great trip.
Alicia insisted upon group photos over and over during the trip. So glad she did! Attached are a few she sent us.