State layoffs could be a problem for doctors applying for licenses in Illinois

January 14, 2013 9:58:30 AM PST
The state agency that investigates complaints against doctors is warning of drastic cuts to its workforce.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation says it plans to lay off investigators.

There are possible yearlong delays in physician licensing on the horizon since the agency also handles that.

The licensing delays could happen because 18 of 26 positions in the medical unit are targeted to be eliminated.

The cuts are needed because the legislature didn't act to bail out the medical watchdog unit, according to the agency.

Doctors could have to wait 12 to 18 months to either get a license to practice medicine or have one renewed.