More doctors being suspended pending sexual misconduct investigations

Scrapping the use of chaperones for accused doctors has made suspension more common

The Medical Board of Australia’s decision to stop using chaperones for doctors accused of sexual misconduct has led to more doctors having their registration temporarily suspended under emergency powers, a review has found.

The board announced it was abandoning the use of chaperones two years ago amid claims the system was failing to protect patients.

It followed accusations that Tasmanian neurologist Dr Andrew Churchyard had continued to assault male patients despite the imposition of chaperone conditions in May 2015, after he was charged with

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