Wis. Docs Face Discipline for Fake Notes for Teachers

Friday, 29 Apr 2011 08:45 AM

By Martin Gould

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Doctors who wrote fake sick notes for Wisconsin teachers who took days off to trek to Madison to protest Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposals in February are facing disciplinary action for threatening the public’s trust in the medical profession.

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Thousands jammed the Wisconsin Capitol in February to protest Gov. Scott Walker's budget plans. (Getty Images Photo)
The state’s Regulation and Licensing and the Medical Examining Board is investigating eight doctors and the University of Wisconsin is looking into 22 claims, reports the Wisconsin State Journal.

UW’s School of Medicine and Public Health said those found guilty could lose pay and leadership position.

“Personnel action will be based on the specific nature of the offense and the level of the physician’s involvement,” the school said.

One UW general practitioner who admitted writing hundreds of notes said they were genuine because many protesters were suffering from stress. “Some people think it’s a nod-and-a-wink thing, but it’s not,” Dr. Lou Sanner told the State Journal.

The school district in Madison, the state capital, has given more than 1,000 teachers who called in sick the chance to rescind fraudulent notes and not face disciplinary action. It is not known how many took advantage of the amnesty.

Thousands of protesters descended on the Wisconsin State Capitol for days to protest Walker’s plans to curb public employees’ union power.


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