The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health completes its review of UW physicians who gave medical-excuse notes to protesters at the State Capitol during a huge rally. It was widely reported that several doctors provided a sick note for a person’s absence from work or school on February 19th. Some of the activity was videotaped and made available to media outlets.
Officials at UW have stated that these physicians were acting on their own without the knowledge or approval of the School. The UW investigated the matter and every accused physician to determine whether there were violations of work rules or professional ethics. Of the 22 UW physicians who were reviewed, the UW says several individuals where found not to have participated in the event.
Among those who were involved, personnel action will be based on the specific nature of the offense and the level of the physician’s involvement. The consequences range from written reprimand to loss of pay and leadership position.
The State Medical Examining Board also has investigations under way on this matter.