History, Function & Governance of the NCMB:
Research into the subject provided incredible surprises as summarized below. The involvement of the Citizens Watch and the FSMB in incentivizing the Board, reviewing how other state medical boards deal with their providers has all been enlightening. The FSMB has stopped their practice of ranking state medical boards. The NCMB however has not changed its policies in keeping with those of the FSMB. This needs to change. Collectively we can initiate appropriate change. Regulation and at times discipline have a very real place in our state. Justice should be blind however; it should be dealt fairly to all. We propose that the NCMB should follow the recommendations of its consultants. If a provider is sent to a treatment facility which then recommends return to practice, that practitioner should not be held out of practice for an indefinite period or otherwise punished at the will of the NCMB without adequate due process and reason for restrictions other than a history of a prior problem which has been taken care of.
This site is not affiliated with the NCMB, NCMS or the NCPHP in any way other than being set up by fellow victimized licensees with the hope that we may use it to support each other in our journey toward justice.
Both the NCMB & NCPHP have a history of abuse of the licensees of this state. Their abuse has resulted in lost careers, suicides, broken marriages, illnesses, estranged children and families, bankruptcies, lost homes, practices & office buildings. There has been no accountability for their actions.
The North Carolina Medical Board was established April 15, 1859, by the General Assembly “in order to properly regulate the practice of medicine and surgery for the benefit and protection of the people of North Carolina.”
It should be noted that every state in the US has “General Statutes” which govern what the state and its agencies can and cannot do. The legislative branch of the state; the House of Representatives and the Senate draft these statutes. In North Carolina, §Chapter 90 of the NC General Statutes provides this governance.
1. NCGS90 Defines the Composition of the Medical Board; This requirement also inexorably links the NCMS and it’s interests with that of the NCMB, despite the fact that only a third of NC practitioners are members of the NCMS.
3. Interestingly it also mandates that at least one provider “shall practice "Integrative Medicine" thanks to the efforts of The North Carolina Integrative Medical Society in 2003 (unfortunately, the NCMB still singles integrative practitioners out for harassment).
4. There are specific limitations placed on the NCMB by the legislature regarding their disciplinary authority. However the current NCMB grants itself a great deal of latitude in the interpretation of “unprofessional conduct”, using it to single out those licensees who it seeks to restrict for whatever reason.
5. There are specific disciplinary guidelines issued to the NCMB, guidelines which are routinely ignored.
6. The NCMB Legal Department frequently violates the six-month requirement for investigations. § 90-14(i)(v) mandates this requirement. Conveniently however, they ignore this rule when trying to force licensees to sign “Consent Orders” containing fictitious “Findings of Fact”. This tactic works well when a provider has been tricked into signing a “Non-Practice Agreement”, “Voluntary Surrender of License” or other document that makes it appear that the licensee has voluntarily relinquished their license—their property, without due process.