The Chicago personal injury attorneys from Zneimer & Zneimer p.c. saw in the Chicago Tribune that the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, the agency that investigates complaints about doctors announced that it will be eliminating 18 of 26 positions in the medical unit. The cutbacks will drastically hinder the ability of the agency to investigate complaints regarding doctor misconduct.
The remaining eight positions will most likely consist of three lawyers, two or three investigators and one licensing position.
Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of Public Citizen’s Research Group voiced his concern, stating: “They are greatly reducing their ability to investigate and properly police doctors.” He further stated: “This is a major threat to the health and safety of the people of Illinois.”