Province to issue stiff penalties for medical workers who commit sexual abuse

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A new provincial bill aims for tougher consequences who medical professionals who commit sexual abuse or misconduct

There may soon be severe consequences for doctors and health workers who sexually abuse a patient.

If Bill 21 becomes a law in the province all valid complaints from patients about a health worker concerning sexual abuse will mean their license will be canceled and healthcare practitioners would not be able to apply for reinstatement for 5 years.

The law defines sexual abuse as things like physical contact, or an attempt or threat to touch a patient sexually.

The bill is expected to pass during the current session and could take effect in the Spring of 2019.

In addition to that,  health professionals who are found to have committed sexual abuse or misconduct will have their names published online as regulatory colleges will have to list all findings online.

Meanwhile, sexual misconduct complaints such as inappropriate sexual language or behavior would result in an automatic license suspension.  (JSL/THE ONE NEWS)

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