US doctors have sexually abused their patients – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

July 7, 2016 6:32 pm

More than 2,400 doctors have been sanctioned for sexually abusing their patients.

At least 2,400 doctors in the
US have sexually abused their patients with half of them managing to
keep their license, a new survey has found.

The year-long investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
was published on Wednesday and found that in total more than 3,100
doctors have been sanctioned after being accused of molestation since
1999.
Children, abuse survivors, and women assaulted while under
anesthesia were among the victims, the report noted. Mentally and
physically disabled patients have also fallen victim to the hideous
crime.
According to the daily, this is only a fraction of the
cases across all 50 US states and it is impossible to determine the real
scale of the issue as many hospital and state regulators keep the issue
a secret.
Another big issue, the report noted, was that the
American Medical Association, who represents the doctors, remains silent
on such cases to make sure that it does not attract public attention.
The
newspaper said while the nation’s 900,000 doctors are mostly observant
of their oath, the frequency of the phenomenon is still far beyond what
anyone has been willing to acknowledge.
“It would be one thing if
it was only one incident, but to find out how prevalent it is, is
frightening and angering,” one of the victims told the daily.
The
more shocking discovery of the report was that the crime is being highly
tolerated by most state officials and many doctors receive a second
chance from the physician-dominated medical boards.
For instance,
in Georgia, nearly two-thirds of the doctors who were publicly
disciplined after allegations of sexual misconduct were allowed to
practice again.
This was also the case in Kansas, while in Alabama it was nearly three out of every four; and four out of five in Minnesota.
Larry
Dixon, the longtime executive director of the Alabama Board of Medical
Examiners, said the amount of resources that were spent on a doctor’s
education justifies a second chance.
Vann Craig, the former
executive director of the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure,
also echoed that excuse, saying, “it takes a lot of money to educate a
physician.”
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