Petition Tag - malpractice

1. Florida doctors are legally getting away with murder! Change the wrongful death act 768.16-768.26

The statute gives only doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers virtual immunity for negligently killing some of the most defenseless members of our society!

According to the Florida Wrongful Death Act, Doctors can commit malpractice and not be liable. The State of Florida's Wrongful Death Act states that if you are over 60 and have no dependents under the age of 25 and you are not married, your life is worthless. A doctor could essentially kill you through gross negligence/medical malpractice and you/your family, etc. do not have right to sue for malpractice! The doctor is not held liable for his negligent actions!

This needs to change immediately to protect Florida's Residents! Our seniors are most affected by this statute! We all have mothers, fathers, grandparents, let's prevent them from becoming "guinea pigs" of the medical industry and put value back into their lives! This began when a dear friend's mother died at Morton Plant due to gross negligence and malpractice on behalf of the doctor and surgeon. She went in for a routine/elective heart surgery. She was on blood thinners and a weight loss medication and any surgeon NEVER should have operated on her while on those medications. The hospital and surgeon were aware of the medications! To make matters worse, an expert medical opinion suggests that the surgery was unnecessary anyway and the minor heart murmur would have went away simply by taking her off the weight loss medication. The surgeon was young and inexperienced and should have been given guidance by the hospitals cardiac division. She should be alive today! Help protect the rest of our Florida seniors by changing this statue so doctors will be held accountable for malpractice!

In fact, ANYONE who has no dependents under the age of 25, is under-employed, disabled, or otherwise a defensless memeber of society, and is a victim of medical malpractice or negligence, Florida law deems them worthless and cannot bring a medical malpractice suit!! This is wrong that Florida Law gives doctors, hospitals, health care providers, etc. immunity from being held accountable for their negligent actions!! How can a statute make killing someone through malpractice legal?!

Florida's hospitals are full of unmarried adults with no children under 25, and full of retired people without spouses. Young people are putting off marriage longer than they used to and we have a huge elderly population who have lost a spouse, divorced, or never married. Why does Florida law allow them to be killed by medical negligence without recourse? The answer is simple. It's because the medical, hospital, and insurance industries in Florida are very politically powerful. They lobby and they donate and they are given what they want in the name of "tort reform" and the false battle cry of eliminating frivolous lawsuits. As with most so-called "tort reforms," such legislation is not really aimed at "frivolous" cases but at legitimate cases.

Keep in mind these discriminatory provisions only apply to medical malpractice cases and not other types of negligently caused deaths. For example, if that same 60 year old described above were killed by a negligent driver, her children (even though over 24 years old) would be allowed to bring a claim to recover for their emotional damages. And the parents of that 25 year old unmarried child could recover for their emotional damages if he was run down by a motorist. You might think of it this way: if someone like you were to accidentally cause the death of someone in these socio-economic categories you could be held responsible for these types of damages to the family of the deceased person. The statute elevates only doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers to this exalted status of having virtual immunity for negligently killing some of the most defenseless members of our society, i.e., the elderly, the disabled, and the underemployed!!! Help us change this statute!

We have started a petition and a foundation after Norma Cook, The Norma Cook Foundation for anyone who would like to support this cause. ALL donations will be used to picket, petition, and change this statute to protect Florida Seniors. The Norma Cook Foundation c/o Mike Perez 24701 US HWY 19 N Ste. 102 Clearwater, FL 33763. Please call Mike Perez @ 727-639-1918 if you have any questions.

2. Give redress to educational malpractice victims

It is only fair that this proposal be legislated and enforced in order to:

(1) make it clear to all educational authorities that placing and/or keeping a person of any age who is capable of learning at his/her full potential without special education in special education in even the slightest degree will not be tolerated, even if a parent and/or guardian of the person wants and/or has ever wanted the person to be in special education, and

(2) undo the pain, shame, suffering, and embarrassment caused as a result of one's having been a student in special education in even the slightest degree!

3. Professional peers should serve as jury in professional law suites

In civil lawsuits that involve malpractice, defendants need to be judged by professionals that have been board certified in their respective field.

Malpractice lawsuits are complex and require a high degree of education on the respective topic to fully understand the implication of the case.

With these complex cases and language lack of complete understanding will not be a fair trial.

4. One Voice - Claurice's Law

We have realized that there are no laws to protect an animal when it has been wrongfully treated, misdiagnosed or cared for under a Veterinarian's supervision or treatment. Animals are considered property and not actual a living part of a family, even though they are.

We have an absolute responsibility to protect these animals and make sure that they are safe at all costs. The goal is to establish into law a Bill that will protect animals under this law from misdiagnose or treatment in every veterinarian clinic or private practice in the United States, starting with New York State, first. We want the State to adopt Claurice's Law.


In February 2007, our 71 year-old precious mother, Cynthia Lucas, went to Northshore Hospital, a Tenet Heathcare Facility to undergo a fairly routine carotid artery surgery.

My mom was allergic to Latex, a fact that was sloppily documented in her medical records, a very vital element in preparing for her care throughout the course of her stay in the hospital. Due to total negligence by hospital personnel, our mom suffered a severe anaphalatic shock caused from latex allergies. Her ICU nurse did not tend to her for approximately 2 hours, and subsequently she suffocated in the hospital and was brain dead two days after her surgery.

She was so swollen that her tongue protruded out of her mouth. Which, of course, the hospital tried valiantly to cover up and pretended that they did not know what happened. We reported the negligence of the Northshore Hospital to The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and Northshore hospital was found negligent on all counts of our allegations.

To add more insult to our injury and devastation, The Florida Wrongful Death Act, Sections 768.16-768.21 absolves all medical personnel and facilities from any wrong doing, whether it is negligence or malpractice if you are over the age of 25 and unmarried. In short, the law states that "if an elderly person who is unmarried and has no dependents under the age of 25, you cannot bring a wrongful death suit against the medical personnel or hospital. The same is true for an unmarried child. You, the parent, cannot bring a wrongful death suit against the facilities if your child is over the age of 25.

This discriminatory act, gives healthcare professionals in Florida a license to legally kill our loved ones. How many more will have to die before the healthcare professionals are held accountable for their wrongdoings and mistakes? This Florida Wrongful Death Act, gravely affects the elderly in Florida, because so many elderly persons retire in Florida, oftentimes a widow or a widower.

How many more will have to die before the residents of Florida take a stand and insist that these politicians that our votes put in office, be forced to be more proactive and ensure that the best is offered to their constituents, they need to have our best interest at heart? Afterall, had it not been for our votes, where would they be? Of course, many of them promise the the world before they are elected into office, and then just give you the a state after they are elected, basically, they have their own agenda and do not have our best interest at heart.

How many more will have to die, before residents of Florida become aware of this horible, horible law in the name of TORT REFORM? The realization that there can be a "Tort Reform" that encourages legal murder is beyond my scope of understanding. What is most amazing about The Florida Wrongful Death Act, is that the majority of the residents are totally unaware of this law until their loved one becomes a victim of medical negligence or malpractice.

How many more families will be devastated, as our family is before someone realize that they are not safe in Florida, if you are over the age of 25?

TORT REFORM? In every other wrong doing, the person commiting the wrongdoing is punished in some way or another. Their cases are presented to a grand jury to determine its merits, and indictments are then issued. Can someone tell me why that same procedure is not applicable to doctors and other hospital personnel? We need to take a bigger stand for ourselves, our health, and our families.

The lawmakers in Florida need to implement an oversight committee to review claims of medical malpractice, and depending on its merits, the case is given further attention. This law leaves the persons over 25, their parents and children of the elderly, and the elderly as well at such a disadvantage. It is time for us to pay attention to what our politicians promise and hold them accountable when they are in office. "TORT REFORM? HOW MANY MORE WILL HAVE TO DIE UNDER THE GUISE OF TORT REFORM?"

6. Gia tin Ygeia / For Health

Amalia Kalyvinou, a Greek 30-y.o. literature graduate died after fighting for 17 years not only with cancer and amputation, but also with malpractice, bribery (“fakellaki”) and bureaucracy in the corrupt Greek National Health System. Before dying, she managed to document her ordeal in her fakellaki/malpractice blog, in order to awaken as many people and as many consciences as possible.

Her death hit the nerve of Greece as by storm. On 01.06.07, set as “Amalia’s Day”, the biggest internet movement that has ever taken place in Greece, starting at giatinamalia blog, with the participation of thousands of citizens all around the world, sent the message to every direction, loud and clear: “Quacks should be the exception, not the norm!”.

The bloggers that continued the public dialogue in the amaliasday blog, now carry on with the "Gia tin Ygeia / For Health" movement, which includes the giatinygeia forum and the giatinygeia google-group opening and the simultaneous gathering of signatures at this e-petition site, in which everyone can participate.

We are grateful to all those who honour their service and fight for public Health, but we protest against the disintegration phenomena in the Greek National Health System that brought us to this point.

στη μνήμη της Αμαλίας Καλυβίνου

Η ηλεκτρονική κινητοποίηση της 1ης Ιουνίου 2007, ενάντια στην υπολειτουργία του Ε.Σ.Υ., που η αναλγησία, η αυθαιρεσία και η ασυνειδησία του, μαζί με την αδιαφορία της Πολιτείας, μας έφερε στην σημερινή συλλογή υπογραφών. Ευγνωμονούμε όσους τιμούν το λειτούργημά τους και παλεύουν για την Υγεία μας, αλλά διαμαρτυρόμαστε ενάντια στα φαινόμενα διάλυσης που μας οδήγησαν ως εδώ.



1. Να ληφθούν άμεσα μέτρα για να σταματήσει το φακελάκι και η ανισότητα στην αντιμετώπιση των ασθενών: βελτίωση αμοιβών του ιατρικού και νοσηλευτικού προσωπικού, λειτουργικές εφημερίες, υπερωρίες, ρεπό (εναρμόνιση με κοινοτική οδηγία), και καλύτερη οργάνωση της παροχής ιατρικών υπηρεσιών τόσο για τον ασθενή όσο και για το προσωπικό.

2. Να γίνουν πιο ευέλικτοι και αποτελεσματικοί οι γραφειοκρατικοί μηχανισμοί, ώστε να πάψουμε να θρηνούμε θύματα χρονοβόρων διαδικασιών για εγκρίσεις εξετάσεων, φαρμάκων, ειδικών θεραπειών κτλ. Να καθιερωθεί μέγιστος χρόνος επεξεργασίας σχετικών αιτημάτων, αποζημίωση σε τυχόν υπέρβασή τους και ενημέρωση / εξυπηρέτηση ασθενών που λόγω πολυπλοκότητας του σημερινού συστήματος δεν λαμβάνουν ποτέ τις αποζημιώσεις που δικαιούνται. Επίσης να διαμορφωθεί ενιαίο πληροφορικό σύστημα υγείας με πλήρη δικτύωση όλων των νοσοκομείων και κέντρων υγείας.

3. Να γίνεται έγκαιρη και αδιάλλειπτη μεταφορά ασθενών στα νοσοκομεία, να στελεχωθούν οι ανεκμετάλλευτες νοσοκομειακές μονάδες, να ενισχυθεί το προσωπικό όπου χρειάζεται, να εξοπλιστούν επαρκώς τα νοσοκομεία / κέντρα υγείας με σύγχρονα μηχανήματα, ν'αυξηθεί ο αριθμός των κλινών -δεδομένης της αυξανόμενης ζήτησης- ακόμη κι αν αυτό απαιτεί χτίσιμο νέων μονάδων, και να προχωρήσει η αποκέντρωση της παροχής περίθαλψης.

4. Ν'αυξηθούν τα κονδύλια για την ιατρική έρευνα πανεπιστημιακών νοσοκομείων / ερευνητικών κέντρων, και να δημιουργηθεί φορέας διαχείρησης τομέων έρευνας, ώστε να μην επικεντρώνεται σε προσοδοφόρους (λόγω φαρμακοβιομηχανιών) τομείς, παρά να καλύπτει ευρύ φάσμα αναγκών.

5. Να θεσμοθετηθεί η δια βίου επιμόρφωση του ιατροτεχνολογικού προσωπικού, να καθιερωθούν μηχανισμοί ελέγχου ποιότητας, διαπίστευσης, αξιολόγησης κι επιθεώρησης των παρεχομένων υπηρεσιών, με σκοπό τη βελτίωσή τους. Επίσης να καθιερωθούν ευέλικτοι κι αποτελεσματικοί μηχανισμοί και όργανα για την προστασία των δικαιωμάτων του ασθενούς και την προώθηση προληπτικών μέτρων.

6. Να επιβληθεί αυστηρότερος έλεγχος και μείωση της σπατάλης στην αγορά του φαρμάκου και των προμηθειών υγειονομικού υλικού (εργαλεία, μηχανήματα, αναλώσιμα κτλ), με καλύτερη μηχανοργάνωση, ελέγχους επάρκειας, διαφάνεια και τιμές αναφοράς (ανάλογο της λίστας τιμών των φαρμάκων).

7. Να καθιερωθεί το ενιαίο ιατρικό ιστορικό για κάθε ασθενή, στο οποίο να έχουν πρόσβαση οι ασθενείς και οι θεράποντες ιατροί και αυστηρότατες ποινές για την άρση του ιατρικού απόρρητου για έτερους σκοπούς (ιδιωτικές ασφαλιστικές καλύψεις, όροι εργοδοσίας κτλ).

8. Να ληφθούν άμεσα μέτρα για την εξυγείανση του ασφαλιστικού ζητήματος (ήδη αυξάνονται ολοένα οι εισφορές από τους ασφαλιζόμενους χωρίς την αντίστοιχη βελτίωση στην παροχή ιατρικής περίθαλψης), και να σταματήσει η προλείανση του εδάφους για την εμπορευματοποίηση της δημόσιας Υγείας και την άνευ όρων παράδοσή της στον ιδιωτικό τομέα.




«Ο ασθενής έχει το δικαίωμα του σεβασμού του προσώπου του και της ανθρώπινης αξιοπρέπειάς του.» (άρθρο 47 του Ν. 2071/ 1992)

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