A VERY URGENT MESSAGE FOR LICENSEES
If you have received notice of a complaint against your license or have received a notice that your healthcare licensing board is investigating you, you need to join with people experienced in these matters right away. Delay could hurt your situation. HARBR is about action and change, but our first concern is seeing to it that licensees are safe against board abuses. WE are not lawyers, therapists, salespeople, or the government. If you are already in a disciplinary process, you also need to call us right away. We can help you make a difference.
Fighting for your rights not only helps you, but it helps others like you. Standing firmly against healthcare regulatory board injustice helps your patients and clients as well. Standing strong together will not only help reform healthcare regulation, but it will help change the very face of healthcare for the better. Unite with your ethical colleagues. Learn, and inform your patients. We all have a serious stake in this.
A MESSAGE FOR PATIENTS & THE PUBLIC
If you have concerns that a truly problematic healthcare professional may be practicing in your community, do not depend upon healthcare regulatory boards to identify them. If an incompetent, dangerous or unethical provider is well connected, the boards may allow him or her to continue to practice regardless of the risk they pose to patients. At the same time, excellent practitioners may be removed from practice, not because they represent any danger to the public, but because they represent a threat to the interests of the board or board members. The boards have full and sole discretion to find and to report to the public what they wish, true or false, without consequence or further accountability. Because the boards fail to reliably separate the “good” from the “bad,” they lull the public into a false sense of security about the safety of given providers in the community. In the current system, there is simply no way for patients to tell “good” from “bad,” and this means the boards fail miserably in their one primary, and most essential, mandate which is to protect the public.