Gov fires half of nursing board

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Governor Schwarzenegger has fired half the members of the state Board of Registered Nursing. A fourth member stepped down during the weekend. On Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reported that the nursing board took more than three years, on average, to investigate and resolve complaints against nurses.

Fred Aguiar is secretary of the California State and Consumer Services Agency. He told KPCC’s Larry Mantle that the delays in the investigative process are unacceptable.

Fred Aguiar: “It’s clear, crystal clear that the system is broken. And we don’t need more improvements to that system, we need a whole new system.”

The Times article also documented cases in which nurses remained free to practice, despite documented evidence that they displayed incompetence or even violence toward patients.

The governor yesterday named six new members to the board so he could replace the fired members and fill two vacancies.