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Doctors are more likely to be struck off for having sex with patients than for misdiagnosing, breaching patient confidentiality, or performing the wrong operations, a new study shows.

The research on doctor misconduct in Australia and New Zealand found medical tribunals removed or deregistered doctors for character flaws and lack of insight more often than for errors in care or poor clinical knowledge.

Researchers from Melbourne University expected to find zero tolerance for sexual relationships with patients, but found it was unclear why having sex with a patient was much more strongly linked with removal than other forms of sexual misconduct.

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