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Australian doctors get tough on sexual misconduct

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6938.1185a (Published 07 May 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1185
  1. C Zinn

    Doctors charged with sexual misconduct should be dealt with by the medical tribunals and should not be able to appeal to common law courts, says the Australian Medical Association.

    The association is to advise the legal profession that the courts should not be used to overturn the decisions of tribunals or boards to strike off doctors who are found guilty of sexual misconduct. The association believes that the common law courts are often too lenient.

    Federal president Dr Brendan Nelson said that courts were increasingly considering ethics from a legal perspective. Yet ethical standards might well hold doctors to higher standards than legal ones, he said. “There is a big difference between a …

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