Anger at plans for nurses to chaperone doctors - UK - page 2
DOCTORS will be forced to use nurse chaperones during intimate examinations under plans being considered by ministers. An independent inquiry into the conduct of doctors is to recommend that... Read More
Jul 3, '04Doesn"t this presume that all RNs are female and that all MDs are male? It doesn't even consider the sexual orientation of the provider and chaperone!
Seriously though, patient comfort and safety is important but I have two thoughts on this. First the patient should decide if they are comfortable not having another health care provider as a chaperone or requesting same gender if that is possible.
Secondly, abuse of a patient, whether sexual or by other means, needs to be reported to the appropriate authorties. The patient has a responsibility in this area too. As to all providers of care to patients.
Jul 3, '04sadly the spectre of being sued is becoming more a reality over here.
I'm not saying there are no unsubstantiated suits or "misunderstandings," because I'm sure there are. But having treated three women who were molested by their physicians during examinations, chaperoning is much, much less of a to-do than the PTSD these women (and the other victims) experienced for years afterward.