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November 17, 2009

Calif. State Consumer Affairs Dept. Requests Probe of Palo Alto-VA

Full Article at: State consumer affairs department requests probe of Palo Alto VA

By Jessica Bernstein-Wax

Daily News Staff Writer
Posted: 11/14/2009 12:04:18 AM PST
Updated: 11/14/2009 12:04:19 AM PST

“The state consumer affairs department has formally requested an investigation into the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, where 23 glaucoma patients experienced significant vision loss while receiving treatment.

California Department of Consumer Affairs Director Brian Stiger made the request in response to an administrative petition the California Academy of Eye Surgeons and Physicians, the American Glaucoma Society and the California Medical Association filed in September with his agency.

“As the events at the VA hospital do concern consumers, I am formally requesting that the Board of Optometry, together with the Medical Board of California, investigate the occurrences at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Hospital regarding the eye care provided to veterans, including the role of optometrists and physicians in that care,” Stiger wrote in a Nov. 10 letter addressed to Dr. James Ruben, president of the California Academy of Eye Surgeons and Physicians.

“To the extent permitted by existing state and federal law, I am also requesting that those boards make public the findings of the investigation,” Stiger said.”

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