Chaperones proposed for harassed after-hours GPs

The job can be a minefield for the unwary

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.

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The researchers from Griffith University suggest chaperones and post-graduate training 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