Re "Malpractice initiative hides goals" (Capitol and California, Nov. 13): Dan Walters' repeated reference to Robert Pack, author of the Patient Safety Initiative, as a "wealthy businessman whose son was killed..." is offensive. As Walters knows, Mr. Pack helped design California's Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) after losingboth of his children, a boy and a girl, to a hit-and-run driver high on pain pills prescribed by Kaiser doctors. In repeating this and other pejorative references, such as labeling the initiative a money grab for lawyers, Walters continues his undisguised advocacy for the wealthy medical lobby and ignores another large contingent of this initiative's supporters: the families of patients injured or killed by impaired, over-prescribing or negligent doctors.
-- Constance McLennan, Rocklin