Wisc. Doctors Probed for Writing Fake Sick Notes

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Doctors who wrote sick notes to Wisconsin union workers so they could boycott the state's pending budget cuts are now being investigated.

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine is looking into whether any of their 1,300 physicians distributed notes without merit.

For more than a week, protesters have gathered in Madison, urging lawmakers to "kill the bill" proposed by Gov. Scott Walker that would cut bargaining rights for state employees.

Several schools were forced to close after teachers called in sick to join the demonstrations. In some districts, teacher absences were so widespread that schools were shut down for as many as three days.

The Madison School District told teachers they would not be paid for the days they missed unless they had a sick note from doctors.

Some doctors were reportedly at the protests handing out notes on site.

Kerry Picket, with The Washington Times, spent time in Wisconsin covering the protests. She told CBN News Chief Political Correspondent David Brody that doctors were treating the doctor-patient relationship as a "big joke."

"Think about it. You have doctors and teachers who are supposed to be role models to people," she said. And the whole ironic thing here is you have teachers who are supposed to scold kids for forging sick notes. And here they are doing the same thing."

Depending on the findings, some doctors could have their licenses suspended or even revoked.

The American Medical Association could soon come out with a statement condemning the doctors' actions.

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