Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Iowa Board of Medical Examiners: Privacy

From the Des Moines Register:

A judge has ordered the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners to quit disclosing publicly the reasons behind charges it brings against the doctors it regulates. The meat of the allegations must remain secret until the charges are resolved, the judge ruled. That can take a year or more.

The medical licensing board has appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court and has asked the Legislature to change the law. But in the meantime, it will release only doctors' names and the title of the charges against them. The change will take effect as soon as next week, when the board is expected to release a batch of new charges.


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