AHPRA launches investigation of 'failing' chaperone system

AHPRA is launching a review of its chaperone policy, amid claims that it is failing to protect abuse of patients by rogue doctors.

The independent review, headed by Professor Ron Paterson (pictured), an international expert on patient safety and patient rights, will report his findings to health ministers.

Forty-seven doctors currently practise under the eye of a chaperone as a result of conditions enforced by AHPRA.

But there have been calls for the system to be scrapped, after claims that a Victorian neurologist allegedly abused a male patient behind a curtain while a chaperone was in the room.