Protect Our Medical Whistleblowers
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Protect Our Medical Whistleblowers

    1. Petition by

      Medical Whistleblower Advocacy Network

Persons who are medical whistleblowers are by definition Defenders of Human Rights because they are persons who have stepped forward to provide information about medical fraud against vulnerable populations, patient abuse and neglect, and human rights violations. These defenders of human rights are concerned about human rights involving violations of minor children, elderly, disabled, mental health patients, prisoners, migrants, immigrants and patients in hospital treatment for addiction. Many are mandated reporters under state or US federal law.  Medical whistleblowers come from all walks of life and many professional disciplines.   

 

Defenders of human rights within the medical community represent significant sources of intelligence about criminal activity and violation of patients' rights within a medical context due to their unique access to information not readily available to law enforcement.  Patient abuse can be physical, financial, emotional, psychological or sexual abuse.  Because of their efforts to "Tell Truth to Power" defenders of human rights (medical whistleblowers) often become themselves victims of crime and their own human rights violated.  Defenders of human rights are often retaliated against by those whose criminal wrongdoings the defender is exposing.  The lack of proper due process and use of immunity granted by the Health Care Quality Improvement Act has allowed persons to intimidate mandated reporters and destroy their professional careers with impunity.  Those who are criminally culpable for violations of state and federal law or even human rights violations frequently use bad faith peer review to tarnish the professional record of a medical whistleblower.

 

The federal government should publicly condemn intimidation, harassment and physical attacks directed at health care providers who ensure access to fundamental human rights.  The government should also take action to prevent such attacks, to protect health care professionals against such attacks, and to prosecute those who perpetrate attacks.  The Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in 1999 with the full support of the U.S., recognizes the central role played by those who promote the realization of human rights and sets out the special obligation of governments to protect them.   And U.N. expert reports have recognized that health care providers are entitled to special protection as human rights defenders where they fulfill their professional duties in a way that promotes human rights, such as the right to health and the freedom from abuse and neglect.

 

 

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    • Phil Broyles PORTLAND, OR
      • about 2 years ago

      The whistleblower protection laws have no teeth. Citizens are required to file complaints and then represent themselves in court by hiring lawyers. There is no real remedy for people who are retaliated against by employers. Massive amounts of fraud are never investigated and when they are the white wash investigative process is a joke. There should be criminal repercussions for purposeful medicaid fraud and cover ups of mistakes that would be paid back if uncovered. Anyone who retaliates against a whistleblower in any fashion should be brought up on charges for crimes against society and be subject to the possibility of real jail time. This is far too important to ignore.

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    • Connie Starr LAS CRUCES, NM
      • about 2 years ago

      Terrible personal experiences with physicians, ghastly experiences of Mother and many friends with hospitalizations, nursing home care, etc. Seemingly impossible things have happened and are unforgivable, forever!

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    • Gerald Otis LAS CRUCES, NM
      • about 2 years ago

      This cause is important to anyone who has human rights and expects othrs to stand up for them is their rights are abused. Without whistleblowers, you are alone in a hostile environment.

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    • Melody Hansen LAKEWOOD, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      We all depend on others for our protection. Please safeguard the ability for people to act on good conscience to protect others.

      Read about the profound effect that nurses had in participating the the euthanasia of innocent lives in Nazi Germany at http://neveragainyetagain.blogspot.com/2006/04/nurses-participation-in-nazi.html.

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    • Bhushan Malgaonkar MUMBAI, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Whistleblowers & activists serve others by exposing hidden truths & violations of Human Rightseven at the risk of harassment & victimisation. Hence, their protection is more important than the protection of ordinary citizens who generally live selfishly for themselves.

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