After-hours doctors need better protection from hostile patients: study

Chaperones suggested as possible solution

Physical and verbal abuse, sexual harassment and even stalking are pitfalls of being an after-hours GP, according to troubling new research that has sparked calls for doctors to better protect themselves.

The researchers from Griffith University suggest chaperones as potential solutions.

They found that most after-hours GPs are concerned about encountering hostile people during house calls.

And they have good reason. Almost half of the 300 doctors interviewed for the study have experienced some form of aggression.

Patients are the worst