By Connor Boyd Health Reporter For Mailonline
Published: 10:19 BST, 1 October 2019 | Updated: 10:19 BST, 1 October 2019
One in five doctors in the UK have been sexually harassed or witnessed it while at work, a shocking survey has found.
Offences included being groped, receiving explicit text messages and emails and being repeatedly asked to go on a date.
Most of them were carried out by patients, but some were at the hands of fellow doctors and nurses, according to the poll.
The survey of 1,378 hospital doctors and GPs in the UK was conducted by Medscape – a news and education website for clinicians - over the summer.
One in five doctors have been sexually harassed or witnessed it while at work. Offences include being groped, receiving explicit text messages and emails and being repeatedly asked to go on a date (file)
A fifth (21 per cent) of those surveyed said they'd experienced or witnessed sexual harassment at work in the past three years.
Of those, 17 per cent said they had been harassed by a patient, while three per cent said it was by a colleague.
The most common type of sexual harassment by patients was acting in an overtly sexual manner (53 per cent), asking the doctor to go on a date (29 per cent) and trying to grope them (24 per cent).
The UK's biggest doctors' union apologised to its members in April and promised to launch an urgent investigation into 'abusive' sexism in its ranks.
Accusations included senior doctors 'braying loudly' as they guessed the bra size of a colleague.
Another was sexually propositioned at a meeting and some have been subjected to thigh squeezing and bottom patting, senior figures revealed.
Sexism against women in the BMA has been reported by GP Online and prompted a public apology from the organisation of 160,000 doctors.
Two senior members of the BMA's General Practitioners Committee, its board for GPs, revealed their own experience in a column.