Agency Responsible for Policing Doctors Plans to Lay Off Employees
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation recently announced that it plans to lay off most of its medical regulators. According to officials, these lay offs will reduce the department's ability to license and discipline physicians. Reports also indicate that the inability or delay in securing medical licenses will negatively impact important physician training programs for medical residents.
As a medical malpractice attorney in Chicago, I believe that proper supervision of physicians as well as discipline for bad doctors is crucial to our healthcare system. I am troubled that the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation responded to budget constraints by cutting back in such an important area. I believe that medical malpractice attorneys, like me, play a vital role in protecting patients by policing negligent doctors and health institutions, yet, medical regulators are also very important to protecting patients. I hope the State of Illinois reconsiders these cutbacks for the sake of Illinois' healthcare system and its patients.