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Schwarzenegger vows to boost patient protections

Los Angeles Times, August 13, 2009

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger conceded that long-standing delays in disciplining errant health professionals were "absolutely unacceptable" and promised broad reforms to better protect patients from dentists, pharmacists, therapists, and others accused of misconduct. Among the proposed changes: adding more investigative and legal staff, appointing an official to audit the boards and seeking legislation that would allow quicker suspension of uncooperative or jailed professionals' licenses.