Walker Supports Going After Cheating Doctors

Sean asked Governor Walker last night what can be done about dirty doctors who are writing "sick" notes for protesting teachers.

One, I haven’t seen the video tape. I’ve heard about it but obviously if there are doctors and teachers doing that sort of thing, of abusing the system that’s outrageous and there’s a whole objective system set in this state to review medical professionals who might be falsifying information. And, we’ll leave it up to that objective panel. But obviously we take that very seriously.

When it comes to teachers, unlike air traffic controllers at the federal level or state employees in the state of Wisconsin government system, school districts are operated by individual school superintendents and school boards and many of those superintendents have notified their teachers that they’ll face disciplinary action if they are failing to show up because of being at protest as opposed to taking legitimate time off. I support them and backed them on that. The good news is that I think the teacher’s union wised up this week after getting a lot of grief from parents and essentially told their teachers to go back to work. But if state employees aren’t there, obviously we would terminate people and replace them.

This is the type of battle that should have been fought a long time ago, so it's nice to have a general who's finally willing to fight. Meanwhile, the University of Wisconsin Health System seems to be responding appropriately to the idea that it's doctors may be misbehaving.

These charges are very serious and in response, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation, the UW Health entities that employ the physicians, have immediately launched an investigation of the reported behavior.

The investigation will identify which UW Health physicians were involved and whether their behavior constituted violations of medical ethics or University of Wisconsin and UW Health policies and work rules. The investigation and any potential future action will follow the established procedures of the University of Wisconsin. Any future disciplinary action taken will be considered a personnel matter and will be treated with the confidentiality required by University of Wisconsin policies.