Isn't it funny the State of Illinois has tons of money to give ILLEGAL ALIENS free welfare, free medical, free college and has tons of money to give black inner city welfare breeders free everything...
BUT NO FUCKING MONEY FOR WHAT WE REALLY NEED!
Like making sure DOCTORS & NURSES aren't killer quacks!
The revolution is coming soon...I truly feel it!
The state agency charged with protecting patients in Illinois says it plans to lay off most of its medical regulators next week, a move officials say will drastically affect their ability to license and discipline physicians.
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, which has come under fire in the past for not doing enough to protect patients from bad doctors, said that on Tuesday it will eliminate 18 of 26 positions in its medical unit, cutbacks that officials are blaming on a $9.6 million shortfall.
The remaining eight jobs likely will include three attorneys, one medical coordinator, two or three investigators and one licensing position, said department spokeswoman Sue Hofer. The cuts in licensing staff will mean delays of 12 to 18 months in issuing or renewing physicians' licenses, she said.
Some doctors, hospitals and patient advocates reacted with alarm to the announcement, issued in a letter posted Wednesday on the department's website. National consumer advocate Dr. Sidney Wolfe said the job eliminations were akin to a city announcing that it no longer could afford police officers and therefore was disbanding the force.
"They are greatly reducing their ability to investigate and properly police doctors," said Wolfe, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, a consumer and health advocacy organization. "This is a major threat to the health and safety of people in Illinois."
Some hospital officials said the licensing delays could cause major staffing and training problems as early as this spring at academic medical centers and other hospitals that employ medical residents.
"The inability to secure medical licenses for our residents and fellows in a timely fashion from the IDFPR will have a significant negative impact on our training programs and on patient care at the hospitals in which our residents and fellows train," said Dr. Joshua Goldstein, associate dean for graduate medical education at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. "This is true not only for Northwestern and its affiliates but for every hospital in the state of Illinois that trains residents and fellows."
Last year, processing 2,325 temporary licenses for medical residents required the agency to hire temporary staff to assist four full-time licensing specialists, Hofer said. This year, with one full-time specialist and no money for temps, "we're anticipating a significant backlog," she said.