Sexual Misconduct Complaints Against California Doctors Go Up Dramatically

Am investigation by a major California newspaper shows complaints for sexual misconduct against doctors in the state have gone up by 62% since late 2017.

The Los Angeles Times reports that a review state medical board data shows sexual misconduct show are among the fastest growing type of allegation against doctors and other medical providers.

From June of 2018 through the same month this year, the paper reports that 11,406 complaints against physicians and surgeons were sent to the board, the most ever received.

In fiscal year 2017-18, 280 complaints were filed against physicians for sexual misconduct, compared with 173 the previous year. In the 2018-19 fiscal year, there were 279.

The information examined by The Times was obtained through a public records requests. The state medical board does not usually make sexual misconduct numbers available to the public.

The increase also comes at the same time as the launch of the #MeToo movement.

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