Many Kan. County Health Officials Quit During Pandemic
Top health officials from about one third of Kansas’ county departments quit during the pandemic, according to The Kansas City Star. About 8-12% of such officials quit during a normal year. While some of the officials who have left recently intended to retire, according to the Star, others cited disagreements with county commissioners over how to handle the pandemic.
Mass. Governor Proposes Licensing Overhaul
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker filed legislation May 19 to transfer 13 licensing boards to the Department of Public Health, according to SNHS. The legislation is intended to give health regulators enhanced authority to investigate license holders. The boards affected currently reside within the Division of Professional Licensure and include allied health, allied mental health, chiropractors, optometrists and others.
Wash. Liquor Board OKs Free Drinks for the Vaccinated
The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board recently approved a request by the state’s beer and wine associations to give free drinks to customers who’ve been vaccinated for COVID. According to The Spokesman-Review, the liquor board is temporarily allowing businesses with liquor licenses to offer one free beer, wine or cocktail to qualifying customers. Free drinks are intended to help businesses organize vaccine clinics.
Va. Doctor Gets 59 Years for Improper Sterilizations
A Virginia obstetrician and gynecologist was sentenced May 18 to 59 years in prison for performing unnecessary surgeries, including hysterectomies and sterilizations, according to The New York Times. Javaid Perwaiz performed such procedures between 2010 and 2019, costing insurance programs more than $20 million. In 1982, Perwaiz lost privileges at Maryview Hospital in Portsmouth, Va., for poor clinical judgment and performing unnecessary surgeries.
Nev. Lawyer Allegedly Wrote $400K in Bad Checks
A Las Vegas attorney who allegedly wrote bad checks totaling $400,000 has lost his license for five years. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Nevada Supreme Court backed a State Bar of Nevada decision to suspend Brian Christopher Padget for misconduct. Additionally, two of Padgett’s former clients have accused him of misconduct, one of them a former employee of his marijuana company, CWNevada. In July, the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board stripped Padget’s pot business of more than a dozen licenses.
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