Neurologist, Dr. Diana Blum, Represented By Barta Law, Goes To Trial Monday, January 8, 2018 Against Sutter Health

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According to court documents, the case involves alleged claims that the health system retaliates against doctors who advocate for their patients.

Neurologist, Dr. Diana Blum, is bringing a case against Sutter Health and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Group, according to court documents and involving alleged claims that the health system retaliates against doctors who advocate for their patients and protest Sutter Health policies and practices that doctors believe impair patient care. The trial is set to begin Monday, January 8, 2018 in Santa Clara Superior Court, Department 16 before Judge Drew Takaichi (Case: 115CV277582).

According to court documents, Dr. Blum was a shareholder physician with the Palo Alto Foundation Group (which is part of the Sutter Medical Network). She explains in her lawsuit that during the course of her employment, she allegedly disagreed with, protested, and refused to follow policies and practices she believed impaired her ability to provide medically appropriate health care to her patients. Because Dr. Blum did what she believed was best for patients, the lawsuit alleges she was labeled a troublemaker, accused of “not being a team player”, and forced to resign.

The jury trial will proceed in the downtown Santa Clara Superior Court, located at 191 North First Street, San Jose, California. Dr. Blum is represented by Theresa Barta of Barta Law, a Physician Advocacy firm in Southern California.

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