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Legislation To Guard Surgeon General From Political Interference

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) on Thursday said he plans to introduce legislation that would aim to protect the Office of the Surgeon General from political interference, CQ HealthBeat reports (Carey, CQ HealthBeat, 7/13).

Waxman's move comes after former Surgeon General Richard Carmona on Tuesday in a hearing with the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said the Bush administration routinely blocked him from speaking out or issuing reports on human embryonic stem cell research, abstinence-only sex education, emergency contraception and other sensitive public health issues.

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Fight Against Frivolous Medical Malpractice Suits Needed

Medical Malpractice Suits

"Though the medical tort system is designed to deter unsafe practices and to make negligently injured patients whole,it does neither. Nor does it prevent a high frequency of frivolous lawsuits," Jeffrey Segal, a neurosurgeon and founder and CEO of Medical Justice Services, and Michael Sacopulos, general counsel for the organization, write in a Wall Street Journalopinion piece.

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