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Friday, January 21, 2022

Officials to investigate protest sick notes

State officials decided Tuesday to investigate whether 11 additional doctors from UW-affiliated hospitals wrote fraudulent sick notes for protesters during last year’s collective bargaining demonstrations.

The doctors are not among the nine who were investigated by the State Medical Examining Board last year for issuing patients notes excusing them from work or class to participate in the protests. In that case, the medical board required seven of the doctors to pay reparation costs and issued administrative warnings to the other two, which is not considered disciplinary action.

The doctors, similar to most sanctioned last year, listed their contact information as badgerdoctors@gmail.com on form letters granting the protestors medical excuses from work or class. The Madison Metropolitan School District views such notes as fraudulent.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the doctors are: James Bigham, Meaghan Combs, Jessica Dalby, Jennifer Edgoose, Laurel Mark, Dipesh Navsaria, Jacqueline Redmer, Richard Schmelzer, Srivani Sridhar, Melissa Stiles and Susan Carson, all with UW Health or the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

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