Are laws needed to protect patients from sexual abuse?

The state Board of Medical Licensure voted Monday to study whether legislation is needed with regard to the problem of sexual abuse by physicians.

The decision comes in the wake of an Atlanta Journal-Constitution study that ranked Mississippi dead last among all 50 states and the District of Columbia when it comes to protecting patients from bad doctors, including the problem of physician sexual abuse.

In a Monday meeting, board member Dr. Randy Easterling called the article “greatly flawed,” saying the American Medical Association “already has a code of ethics that would prohibit this. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution article shouldn’t be taken as gospel.”

Clarion Ledger