Doc's Whistleblower Case May Create Chaotic Hospital Disputes

By Erin Coe (November 15, 2012, 9:48 PM EST) -- The California Supreme Court plans to take up a case over whether a doctor can file a whistleblower suit without exhausting all judicial remedies at a hospital, and a ruling for the doctor would likely entangle hospitals in complicated disputes that involve parallel court and administrative proceedings, attorneys said Thursday.

The state's high court on Wednesday accepted Sutter Central Valley Hospitals' petition for review after a California appeals court found in August that a whistleblower does not have to exhaust all judicial writ options before filing suit under the state health code's whistleblower provision because workers must not fear retribution when...

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