From reader Reform Refusnik:
Why is it that North Carolina enacted legislation last year that made it optional for the NC Medical Board to report criminal behavior among its docs to law enforcement? Who was behind changing the statute so that it reads that the board “may” report criminal behavior that comes to their attention to law enforcement, when it previously read that the board “SHALL” report criminal behavior of docs to the law?
It does look like the law changed in 2007 to no longer require the North Carolina Medical Board to report criminal activity.
As Refusnik goes on to say:
In fact the whole thing is an interesting rewrite of the Medical Practice act and it gives the NC Medical Board a great deal of wiggle room to not censure or prosecute its members for criminal , unethical, or just plain dangerous behavior.
These changes do look bad. Does anyway know why the adjustments were made, or was it just another giveaway to an influential lobby?
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