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One in five NHS doctors “suffers or witnesses” sexual harassment

One in five doctors has been sexually harassed or witnessed it at work, with offences including explicit text messages or emails or being groped, propositioned or repeatedly asked to go on a date, a survey has found.

The perpetrators are mostly patients but sometimes they are fellow medics or nurses, according to a survey of 1,378 hospital doctors and GPs across the UK.

A fifth (21%) of those surveyed had experienced or seen sexual harassment in the past three years and 24% had witnessed such behaviour.

Overall, 17% had suffered sexual harassment by a patient and 3% by someone else in their workplace.

The online survey was carried out over the summer by Medscape, which provides news, information and education for health professionals.

Read more in The Guardian.

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