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“Bad apples” study shows British doctors’ discipline is lighter than nurses’

Physicians charged with sexual misconduct and other breaches of professional ethics in the United Kingdom emerge with markedly lighter discipline than nurses charged with similar behavior, a new study funded by the British Professional Standards Authority finds.

Released in November, the study analyzed 6,714 "fitness to practice" cases involving doctors, nurses and midwives, and allied health professionals. The most prevalent type of conduct for all three groups related to dishonesty, the authors found, while the frequency and type of sexual misconduct—and . . .

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