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Mississippi seeks to make sex with patients a felony

The Mississippi medical board is promoting legislation that would make it a felony for physicians to have sex with a patient. Currently, sexual misconduct falls under the category of ‘unprofessional conduct’ and is not a crime. While an offending physician’s license can be revoked or suspended, under current law the physician¬†can then petition to be reinstated. This proposed bill, which also affects physicians’ assistants, podiatrists, and acupuncturists, would revoke licenses permanently, and impose sentences of up to five years in jail and fines of up to $100,000.

Full story by Desare Frazier via Mississippi Public Broadcasting online