01 May '11, 9am

Male doctors more likely to misbehave: Study: SYDNEY - MALE doctors are four times more likely to be disciplined...

SYDNEY - MALE doctors are four times more likely to be disciplined for misconduct than female medics, according to a new Australian study which found the biggest cause of complaint was sexual misbehaviour. Researchers at the University of Melbourne analysed 485 cases where doctors had been found guilty of misconduct and disciplined in Australia and New Zealand between 2000 and 2009. They found that overall about six in every 10,000 doctors were disciplined in Australia and New Zealand each year by a tribunal with the power to deregister them, with male medics making up the overwhelming majority of cases. When the figures were adjusted to take into account that there are fewer female doctors and they work fewer hours on average, male doctors were found to be four times more likely to be disciplined than their female counterparts. Obstetrician-gynaecologists and psychiatrist...

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