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Medical disciplinary board to get more training


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Medical Examining Board and its staff will get more training to carry out its roles to investigate and discipline doctors who run into trouble.

Board members also said they needed more staffers, but the administration says the board has enough people.

The panel has discussed a recent Wisconsin State Journal newspaper series which showed that the Badger State is among the most lenient in the nation in disciplining doctors.

That’s because of its heavy use of reprimands instead of harsher penalties – while Ohio actually has guidelines for minimum and maximum punishments.

Board vice chairman Kenneth Simons said $1.25 million in doctor license fees were cut from its budget last year – and it left the board with inadequate staff and training.

Jeanette Lytle of the state Department of Safety-and-Professional Services said the board’s staff and funding are adequate. But she said her agency plans to re-establish a training program for board members, and they’ll consider sending members for national training.