*Black doctors in Los Angeles and statewide charge that the California Medical Board has engaged in a long standing systematic practice of harassment, discipline, reprimands, license suspensions and hostility toward African-American doctors in California.
The doctors will cite an exhaustive study that shows Black doctors are suspended and their licenses revoked at a far greater disproportionate rate than white doctors for alleged medical infractions.
They will discuss a proposed joint class action lawsuit by, the National Medical Association, the national association of African-American physicians, and the Black American Political Association of California.
There are also other individual lawsuits that have been filed by Black doctors in Los Angeles against the Board for racial bias.
The Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable and the National Action Network have also endorsed the demand to end the racial profiling of Black doctors.
“The racial profiling by the California Medical Board of Black doctors has been long standing, widespread, and insidious, it has had an irreparable damaging affect in undermining the quality of health care in poor and underserved minority communities, “says Richard Allen Williams, President National Medical Association and Dr. Anthony Jackson BAPAC, “It has further had a chilling effect on the medical practices of black doctors, and hampered the ability of doctors to provide expanded services and the highest quality of medical care to African-Americans who suffer much greater health challenges. As concerned and affected medical practitioners we are determined to end the attack on Black doctors in the state and are calling on Governor Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris to order an end to the profiling and harassment.”
Where: National Action Network Offices, 2828 W. Jefferson Bl., L.A. 90018
When: Friday, October 14, 11:00 AM
Earl Ofari Hutchinson