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Doctors and Citizens Unite for Truth!!!

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national Medical whistleblowers

Doctors, Nurses, Lawyers and Patients for Ethics, Safety and Quality

Monday MAY 24 11 AM- 12:15

Stewart R. Mott House,

122 Maryland Ave NE Washington DC 20002

Unethical Big Medicine peer reviews gag doctors

AT STAKE: Billions of dollars and thousands of deaths



35 Public Interest groups have joined the Semmelweis Society Integrity (SSI), the National Whistleblower Center (NWBC) and the Health Integrity Project (HIP) to ask that patients and taxpayers be protected against bad faith peer review. Reform in Medicine makes whistleblower protection more important than ever. Will President Obama keep his promise to medical whistleblowers?

"We are no longer a voice crying out in the Wilderness," says SSI President Blake Moore. "We are pleased that the most eminent public interest groups in the country have joined us. Bad faith peer review is a danger to patients, citizens and taxpayers. This is not just an issue for doctors. This is an American issue."

Conservatives opposewaste and fraud, and liberals protect the medical safety net. Quality medicine is part of both the right to life. "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and most inhumane." Martin Luther King, Jr.

80% of current peer reviews have little to do with actual merit. Is the Hippocratic oath dead? Does your doctor work for you? The answers are going to surprise you.

COALITION FOR HEALTH INTEGRITY: o Government Accountability Project o Semmelweis International o Ethics in Government Group o International Association of Whistleblowers (IAW), International Integrity and the Health Integrity Project

Panel Discussion: How do we protect Patient Safety, Doctors, Nurses and Citizens?

Moderator: Dr. James J. Murtagh co-chair IAW

Stephen Kohn, National Whistleblower Center

Dr. Blake Moore, President, SSI

Dr. Helen Salsbury, Secretary, SSI

Dr. Lokesh B. Vuyyuru Spokesperson, SSI

Willy Sutton thought that money used to be in banks, but now it is in hospitals. Does your doctor work for you, or is he being coerced by BFPR? Find out Monday!

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James J. Murtagh, Jr. is a doctor of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, and the Medical Director of several sleep laboratories in Southern Ohio. Dr. Murtagh extensively writes on medical ethics. Dr. Murtagh is the founder of a new (more...)
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