Will Wednesday be a a day of reckoning for several doctors who handed out fake sick notes to government workers who protested Wiscosnin Governor Scott Walker's labor reforms earlier this year?
The MacIver News Service reports
[Madison, Wisc...] We’ll soon know if Wisconsin doctors who were caught issuing fake sick notes to seemingly healthy protesters in a MacIver News video report earlier this year will face any discipline from the state.
Several medical professionals involved in the incident will be facing the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board on Wednesday, which is expected to make its final decisions about the incident, according to the Department of Safety and Professional Services.
As tens of thousands of public employees skipped work earlier this year to attend protest rallies outside the Wisconsin State Capitol, many wondered if they would face any disciplinary action for unexcused absences.
Their solution? On February 19, a group of men and women in lab coats purporting to be doctors were handing out medical excuse notes, without examining the ‘patients.’
“I asked if they were handing out doctors’ excuses and a guy said yes and asked me if I needed one,” one woman told us at the time. “When I told them I needed one for February 16 and 17th, he wondered if I wanted to come back here for the protests next week. I said, ‘sure,’ and I received a doctor’s note for the 16th through the 25th of February, without a medical exam.”
The Department of Safety and Professional Services contact for this week’s disciplinary meeting, Tom Ryan, told the MacIver News Service that attorney Jeanette Lytle is representing the state in the fake sick note case.