Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Seattle Times' License to Harm Series

The Seattle Times has uncovered sexual misconduct and abuse of epic proportions in Washington health care. During their investigation, they obtained more than 10,000 pages of public records to include health department investigative reports, memos and e-mails. That information was used to create a computer database of sexual misconduct cases from 1995 to 2005 and to track practitioners who had undisclosed felony sex convictions. These efforts gave rise to many legal challenges by victims of healthcare providers and prompted a state investigation and healthcare reform. Click here to read more about the series, the victims' stories, statistics and to search the "misconduct database" that the Seattle Times is hosting on their website. I will post my comments later after reviewing all of the materials, I have alot to say about it and plan to write a letter to the editor. This is great stuff! If they can do it in Seattle, why not in our own communities?