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Doctor sex misconduct cases monitored in secrecy

Chicago Tribune, December 28, 2010

A private program that has long kept secret watch over Illinois doctors receiving substance-abuse treatment is now monitoring health care professionals with sexual misconduct violations — including some convicted of crimes. Begun several decades ago by the state's doctors' lobby, the Illinois Professionals Health Program has drawn criticism for the off-the-books nature of its work and its lack of accountability. That it has expanded its reach to sex-offending health workers has heightened the controversy. Critics say such individuals don't belong in a program shrouded in secrecy. Sexual misconduct demands disciplinary action, they say, not just treatment. And the public deserves to know who violators are.