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More doctors reprimanded for giving fake sick notes to protesters

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Protestors continue to occupy the State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin February 27, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Darren Hauck
Protestors continue to occupy the State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin February 27, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Darren Hauck

MADISON (WSAU)  Eleven more doctors were sanctioned yesterday for handing out sick notes to protestors who stood in line at the State Capitol during the massive demonstrations in 2011. The state’s Medical Examining Board reprimanded five U-W Madison doctors – Laurel Mark, Richard Schmelzer, Melissa Stiles, Dipesh Navsaria, and Jennifer Edgoose. Retired doctor Susan Carson was also reprimanded. Five others received administrative warnings. Those doctors are also with U-W Madison, and their warnings were not considered as official discipline.

A year ago seven doctors were reprimanded for handing out excuses to demonstrators who protested the state’s limits on public union bargaining – and two residents were given warnings at that time.

U-W doctor Louis Sanner organized the sick note line after he saw that he called a “high level of stress” during the protests. The U-W handed out its own punishments 11 faculty doctors and nine residents. They lost from one-and-a-half days to five days of pay – and they surrendered their leadership positions at the university for four months.

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