Wisconsin Board Reprimands Doctors for Protest Sick Notes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Medical Examining Board has reprimanded seven doctors who wrote sick notes for protesters to cover their presence at last spring's massive protests against Gov. Scott Walker's contentious collective bargaining law.

Dr. Sujatha Kailas, the board's chairwoman, said in a statement Wednesday the board couldn't determine what kind of evaluation the doctors performed on the protesters to justify the excuses.

The board also issued warnings to two other physicians who wrote notes for protesters telling them they could face formal discipline if they do it again.

The Wisconsin Medical Society has criticized the doctors, saying issuing the excuses threatens public trust in the medical profession.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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