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March 11, 2008 | Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
In light of widespread failings in a state-run treatment program for substance-abusing doctors, a key state senator said Monday that audits are needed of similar programs for nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals. Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) called a legislative hearing in the wake of a decision by the Medical Board of California last year to abolish its confidential addiction program after five audits found that it was not working.
September 13, 2007 | Rich Connell and Robert J. Lopez, Times Staff Writers
Ambulance and fire department medics disciplined for patient care problems and other wrongdoing would be tracked across the state and not be allowed to float unhindered from one jurisdiction to another under a last-minute bill that was passed late Tuesday by the California Legislature. The measure would close two major loopholes in the oversight of the state's estimated 70,000 emergency medical technicians, or EMTs.
August 1, 2007 | Julia Damianova, Special to The Times
The low point for Bulgarian nurse Nasya Nenova came when she reportedly chewed the veins of her wrists in a desperate attempt to commit suicide. Dr. Ashraf Alhajouj said he endured the 8 1/2 years in a rough Libyan prison by embroidering and by scratching slogans into the wall of his cell. The two, along with four other Bulgarian nurses, and a Bulgarian doctor who initially had been jailed with them, were freed last week in a swirl of diplomacy and money.
July 26, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A former respiratory therapist at Rady Children's Hospital was sentenced Wednesday to 45 years in prison for molesting comatose patients under his care. Wayne Albert Bleyle, 56, of Santee had pleaded guilty to 13 counts of lewd acts on five children. Police arrested him after he was discovered sharing child pornography on the Internet.
July 24, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor sentenced to life in prison in Libya for allegedly infecting more than 400 children with HIV flew out of Tripoli today with French First Lady Cecilia Sarkozy, France's presidential palace said. Sarkozy's delegation arrived Sunday in Tripoli, Libya's capital, to try to negotiate the release. Its members include the European Union commissioner for foreign affairs, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, and French presidential aide Claude Gueant.
July 17, 2007 | Maggie Farley, Times Staff Writer
The fate of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor sentenced to death for allegedly infecting children with the virus that causes AIDS remained in the hands of Libya's top judicial body Monday. The controversial case has galvanized international scientists, politicians and human rights groups who say the charges are baseless.
July 2, 2007 | Lee Romney and Scott Gold, Times Staff Writers
In a compromise greeted with joy by some staff at the state's beleaguered mental hospitals, a federal judge has ordered significant pay raises for all clinicians who treat patients transferred there for care from state prisons. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton late Thursday ordered the pay of the mental health workers raised to within 5% of the salaries earned by their counterparts in the prisons.
June 28, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A Kazakh court convicted 21 medical workers of having roles in infecting scores of children with HIV. The Shymkent district court gave suspended sentences to five senior health officials, including the district's chief medical officer, according to the ruling by Judge Ziyadinkhan Pirniyaz. Sixteen other medical workers, including nurses and doctors in the city's hospital and clinics, received sentences of up to five years.
June 19, 2007 | Rich Connell, Robert J. Lopez and Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writers
The reform effort at Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital appears to be faltering, as the county backs off key promises to purge most of the staff and effectively hand control of the hospital to highly respected Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. The two pledges were cornerstones of a plan last year that persuaded regulators to hold off on pulling all federal funding, which would have effectively shut down the troubled Willowbrook hospital.
June 6, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The patient lay on the operating table, prepped for transplant surgery. In the air over Lake Michigan, a twin-engine plane sped his way, carrying a team of surgeons and technicians, along with a donor organ on ice. But the plane never made it; it crashed into the lake's choppy waters, killing all six people aboard Monday. Now the critically ill patient could become the accident's seventh fatality.
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