Dec 282010
 
 December 28, 2010  Workplace

Megan Twohey reports:

A private program that has long kept secret watch over Illinois doctors receiving substance-abuse treatment is now monitoring health care professionals with sexual misconduct violations — including some convicted of crimes.

Begun several decades ago by the state’s doctors’ lobby, the Illinois Professionals Health Program has drawn criticism for the off-the-books nature of its work and its lack of accountability.

That it has expanded its reach to sex-offending health workers has heightened the controversy. Critics say such individuals don’t belong in a program shrouded in secrecy. Sexual misconduct demands disciplinary action, they say, not just treatment. And the public deserves to know who violators are.

Read more in the Chicago Tribune.