Doctor chaperones failing to protect public: lawyers

Patients' lawyers are backing calls for the doctor chaperone system to be overhauled amid growing claims that it is failing to protect the public.

Currently, 47 doctors in Australia are required to see patients in the presence of a chaperone, according to AHPRA, which can demand chaperones for doctors accused of serious misconduct.

Earlier this week, former Victoria Health Commissioner Beth Wilson called for chaperones to be scrapped altogether,