legsrus at lycos.com
Wed Nov 22 08:01:45 PST 2000
Governor Jeb Bush has recently submitted the name of Mr. Hugh
Panton for possible appointment to the Florida Board of Orthotists
and Prosthetists. This is very peculiar. Mr. Panton has not been
an advocate of state license. During his tenure as a director
of the Florida Association of Orthotist and Prosthetist he was instrumental
in writing a proposed bill which if passed would have
allowed anyone with a heartbeat to become a licensed prosthetist/orthotist
regardless of the persons education and training. This is one of
the reasons he was removed as a director of FAOP. After the
new leaders of FAOP succeeded in passing a bill requiring that prosthetist/orthotist have an education and training before they could practice, Mr. Panton began voicing his opinion that the rules should be structured so
a company would only need one licensed practitioner somewhere within
a 100 MILE radius to supervise the incompetents that could be hired
for substandard wages. He has never expressed the idea that the
patient must be protected, only that the rules be fashioned in such
a way as to allow large business owners an avenue to hire cheap labor.
If this is not bad enough, placing Mr. Panton on the Board will
stack the Board in the favor of a single large corporation, Hanger
Orthopedic Group. The Chairman of the Board, who is subordinate to Mr. Panton, is a Hanger employee. If Mr. Panton is appointed who will really chair the Board, and more importantly who will protect the people of Florida against those whose only interest is the bottom line.
The citizens of Florida have the best practice act in the country, requiring practitioners demonstrate a minimum education, training, hands on experience, and passing of a comprehensive examination before they are licensed and allowed to treat patients. If you believe patients deserve the protection of having their prosthetist/orthotist meet a minimum standard you need to act now. I urge you to call or write the Governor's office as well as Mr. Joe Baker, the Executive Director of the Board, and voice your opposition to this appointment. Mr. Panton's appointment will be bad for the Board and worse for the patients of Florida.
This is not just for Florida practitioners and residents, everyone concerned with having standards of practice that protect of individual patients should voice their opinion. If you are a Florida resident or practitioner make sure that is stated in your message.
Do it TODAY!
Write, phone, FAX, email:
Governor Jeb Bush
FL_governor at myFlorida.com or
Jeb at jeb.org
Mr. Joe Baker
Executive Director, Board of Orthotists and Prosthetists
4052 Bald Cypress Way
Tallahassee FL 32399-3257
joejr_baker at doh.state.fl.us
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