June 8, 2023

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Sexual abuse: 35,000 cases in British health insurance facilities over 5 years

  • Fergus Hewson, Matt Pintos and Melanie Stewart-Smith
  • BBC

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More than 35,000 incidents of sexual misconduct or sexual violence – ranging from derogatory comments to rape – took place on NHS England’s campuses between 2017 and 2022, a new investigation says.

Rape, sexual assault or touching without consent accounted for more than one in five cases.

Most of the incidents – 58 percent – ​​involved patients misbehaving with staff.

Data for the investigation was collected by the British Medical Journal in association with The Guardian newspaper and the BBC.