Doctors struck off for character flaws not errors

Tribunals tend to remove doctors from practice for behaviours indicative of “character flaws and lack of insight”, rather than for “errors in care delivery, poor clinical judgement or lack of knowledge”, a new Australian study shows.

Having a sexual relationship with a patient is more likely to get a doctor struck off or suspended than other forms of misconduct such as a one-off sexual act or providing substandard care, the