Originally published May 23, 2023 8:39 am PDT
In a recent podcast hosted by entrepreneur and syndicated broadcaster Sarah Westall, Dr. Scott Jensen, a prominent medical professional and political candidate, and Dr. Richard Bartlett voiced grave concerns over the misuse of medical boards and government agencies against medical practitioners and citizens.
Both doctors offered pointed remarks about the current climate affecting the medical community.
Dr. Jensen, who endured five investigations by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice for his outspokenness during the COVID-19 pandemic, emphatically stated, “Some of these folks have become very offended at contrarian narratives, and they have found that they can weaponize government agencies against people to make those people’s lives miserable.”
Advancing his argument, Jensen underlined the ubiquitous threat posed by this government weaponization.
“The fact that the heavy hand of government regulatory agencies is coming down on my right to exercise freedom of speech, who it really hits is every small business person that operates under the jurisdiction of a permitting or a licensing authority,” Jensen explained.
“You could be a hairstylist. And if you have to have your place of business inspected annually or semi-annually, you are potentially going to be exposed to the weaponization of that permitting agency.”
In response to these allegations and threats to his professional license, Dr. Jensen plans to file a lawsuit against the Attorney General’s office in Minnesota and the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice.
“We will file suit… Because I’m asking the courts to step in and make it very clear what that line is between, if you will, professional conduct as it relates to the practice of medicine, which should be governed by the Minnesota Board versus freedom of speech,” he said.
Dr. Bartlett echoed Jensen’s sentiments, emphasizing the need for legal reform to prevent misuse of medical boards.
“They should pass a law that you can no longer have anonymous hit jobs, complaints turned in to medical boards against doctors because they’re exercising free speech and putting their patients first,” he stated.
The doctor told American Faith that such a situation represents an “abuse of a system intended for patient safety, not for political harassment.”
Bartlett also criticized the revolving door between regulatory agencies and the industries they oversee, using the FDA and pharmaceutical industry as an example.
“There is an inappropriate relationship between the pharmaceutical industry and the FDA that should be regulating and protecting the public from bad practices of the pharmaceutical industry,” he said. “Laws should be passed that you cannot go from working with the FDA before or after to the pharmaceutical industry that you should be overseeing.”
These poignant observations by Dr. Jensen and Dr. Bartlett shine a light on the challenges and potential misuse of authority faced by medical practitioners today.
As Dr. Jensen’s lawsuit progresses, it promises to be a landmark case for the medical community and all professionals working under government permits or licenses.
Watch the interview below: