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August 22, 2010

Only Half of English Hospital Trusts Have a Chaperone Policy

Only half of acute hospital trusts in England have a formal chaperone policy despite the recommendations of a public inquiry, according to research published in Postgraduate Medical Journal. Chaperone policies are intended to prevent the abuse of the doctor-patient relationshi

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Only half of acute hospital trusts in England have a formal chaperone policy despite the recommendations of a public inquiry, according to research published in Postgraduate Medical Journal.

Chaperone policies are intended to prevent the abuse of the doctor-patient relationship.

A public inquiry in 2004 recommended the all acute hospitals implement an adequately resourced and managed chaperone policy. But research indicates that in December 2005 only 41% of hospitals had one, and this had only risen to 56.5% by December 2007.

Only 52% of hospitals without a chaperone policy were planning to put one in place. Just 17% had accredited training for chaperones and 42% had no designated management lead.

The study authors say that a chaperone policy is “must for acute trusts” and lack of it could lead to severe repercussions in the future.

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