Assemblymember Quirk Authors Bill to Establish a Public Member Majority on the Medical Board of California

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SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) introduced AB 2060 yesterday to establish a public member majority on the Medical Board of California (Board). AB 2060 is sponsored by the Board and is a coordinated partnership between the Board and Assemblymember Quirk.

The Board has received harsh criticism over its disciplinary actions on the licenses of troubled doctors. Over the last few years, consumer advocates have called for reform of the Board’s enforcement actions. The call to alter the balance of the board to a public member majority – a long-standing desire from consumer advocates – has not been answered.

“Consumer protection boards should be composed of a majority of people who are members of the public, rather than those of the profession they regulate. It is a feature that should be included on all boards,” said Assembly Member Bill Quirk. “AB 2060 responds to the requests of consumer advocates to establish a public member majority for the Medical Board of California and will strengthen the public’s trust in this important institution,” continued Assembly Member Bill Quirk.

“We hope that changing the Board to be a majority of public members will be a meaningful step toward restoring public and stakeholder confidence,” Board President Kristina Lawson said. “I am pleased that my fellow Board members voted unanimously to sponsor this proposal, and we look forward to gaining the support of the Legislature.”

The Board’s mission is to protect health care consumers through the proper licensing and regulation of physicians and surgeons…and to promote access to quality medical care through the Board's licensing and regulatory functions. With the introduction of AB 2060, there is a meaningful opportunity to help renew public confidence in the Board’s commitment to its mission.